[Humanist] 26.591 text-comparison software

Humanist Discussion Group willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Sun Dec 16 11:29:37 CET 2012


                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 591.
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  [1]   From:    Jan Rybicki <jkrybicki at gmail.com>                         (50)
        Subject: Re:  26.587 text-comparison software?

  [2]   From:    "Patrick T. Rourke" <ptrourke at gmail.com>                  (18)
        Subject: Re:  26.587 text-comparison software?

  [3]   From:    Dot Porter <dot.porter at gmail.com>                         (59)
        Subject: Re:  26.587 text-comparison software?

  [4]   From:    Daniel_Riaño <danielrianno at gmail.com>                    (51)
        Subject: Re:  26.587 text-comparison software?


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        Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2012 13:24:26 +0100
        From: Jan Rybicki <jkrybicki at gmail.com>
        Subject: Re:  26.587 text-comparison software?
        In-Reply-To: <20121215105239.3EFE43A37 at digitalhumanities.org>


I've been using WCopyFind with interesting results.
Best,

Jan Rybicki
On Dec 15, 2012 10:52 AM, "Humanist Discussion Group" <
willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk> wrote:

>                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 587.
>             Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
>                               www.dhhumanist.org/
>                 Submit to: humanist at lists.digitalhumanities.org
>
>
>
>         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.
>
> Yours,
> WM
> --
> 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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        Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2012 08:37:43 -0500
        From: "Patrick T. Rourke" <ptrourke at gmail.com>
        Subject: Re:  26.587 text-comparison software?
        In-Reply-To: <20121215105239.3EFE43A37 at digitalhumanities.org>


The UNIX tool diff, which is available from the command line of any Linux, OS X, or UNIX computer, will show the differences between two texts. 

In Windows Vista or later it can be done in powershell using

compare-object (get-content one.txt) (get-content two.txt)
There are a number of text editors that provide diff capabilities, including UltraCompare.

Hope this helps!

Patrick T Rourke


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        Date: Sat, 15 Dec 2012 17:28:49 -0500
        From: Dot Porter <dot.porter at gmail.com>
        Subject: Re:  26.587 text-comparison software?
        In-Reply-To: <20121215105239.3EFE43A37 at digitalhumanities.org>


Maybe Juxta? It's now on the web: http://juxtacommons.org/

Dot


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        Date: Sun, 16 Dec 2012 01:34:07 +0100
        From: Daniel_Riaño <danielrianno at gmail.com>
        Subject: Re:  26.587 text-comparison software?
        In-Reply-To: <20121215105239.3EFE43A37 at digitalhumanities.org>


wdiff

 http://www.gnu.org/software/wdiff/ 

Best wishes,

Daniel




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