I'm working on a project which asks fellow students to share their original text data for further analysis using data mining techniques, and, I think it would be appropriate to anonymize student names with their submissions.
Setting aside the better solutions of a url where students submit their work and a backend script inserts the anonymized ID, What sort of solutions could I direct students to implement on their own to anonymized their own names?
I'm still a noob in this area. I don't know what are the norms. I was thinking the solution could be a hashing algorithm. That sounds like a better solution than making up a fake name as two people could pick the same fake name.possible people could pick the same fake name. What are some of the concerns I should be aware of?