[Humanist] 26.587 text-comparison software?

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sat Dec 15 11:52:39 CET 2012

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 587.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2012 10:29:48 +0000
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: text-comparison software

A colleague has asked me the following on behalf of her PhD student:

> is there a generally available item of software that would allow
> someone (a PhD student of mine to be specific) to compare three texts
> (A,B,C) with a view to ascertaining what percentage of overlap there
> is between A and B on the one hand and B and C on the other? Trouble
> is (at least I expect the trouble is) that he's interested in blocks
> of overlapping text not in simple frequency of individual items. He
> has the idea that some form of plagiarism software might do what he
> wants, but would it?

Any suggestions?

Many thanks.

Willard McCarty, FRAI / Professor of Humanities Computing & Director of
the Doctoral Programme, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College
London; Professor, School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics,
University of Western Sydney; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews
(www.isr-journal.org); Editor, Humanist
(www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist/); www.mccarty.org.uk/

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