1. An Exploration of Code Diversity in the Cryptocurrency Landscape 2019 Blockchains FinancialCryptography
    Pierre Reibel, Haaroon Yousaf, and Sarah Meiklejohn
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    @InProceedings{10.1007/978-3-030-32101-7_5,
    author="Reibel, Pierre
    and Yousaf, Haaroon
    and Meiklejohn, Sarah",
    editor="Goldberg, Ian
    and Moore, Tyler",
    title="Short Paper: An Exploration of Code Diversity in the Cryptocurrency Landscape",
    booktitle="Financial Cryptography and Data Security",
    year="2019",
    publisher="Springer International Publishing",
    address="Cham",
    pages="73--83",
    isbn="978-3-030-32101-7"
    }

Interest in cryptocurrencies has skyrocketed since their introduction a decade ago, with hundreds of billions of dollars now invested across a landscape of thousands of different cryptocurrencies. While there is significant diversity, there is also a significant number of scams as people seek to exploit the current popularity. In this paper, we seek to identify the extent of innovation in the cryptocurrency landscape using the open-source repositories associated with each one. Among other findings, we observe that while many cryptocurrencies are largely unchanged copies of Bitcoin, the use of Ethereum as a platform has enabled the deployment of cryptocurrencies with more diverse functionalities.

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