SUGGESTION: Take Text Comparison to the next level

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Francis | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, Feb 9 2015 2:41 AM

I assume (but I don't know that for a fact) that the text comparison tool is not based on FL having manually highlighted the differences between all possible texts but is an automated comparative tool. Comparing passages across versions is handy, BUT there is much more juicy functionality to be had yet if it can use the same comparative technology: compare two or more passages in the same Bible. 

I know the parallel passages resources line up passages side by side. But they do not highlight (as far as I know) the differences between passages the way Text Comparison does. This would be a wonderful addition and an extremely useful tool. Imagine being able to line up two parallel in the gospels and see instantly what the differences are in the Greek text! Or doing the same with doublets in the Pentateuch, parallel psalms, etc. 

Unless there is already a way of doing this that I am not aware of...

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Fr Devin Roza | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 9 2015 4:07 AM

Yes (example application, I see mentioned by Francis, but worth repeating: comparing Synoptic Gospels)

Another interesting possibility would be opening it up to non-Biblical texts as well.

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Fr Devin Roza | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 9 2015 5:10 AM

In the meantime - Microsoft Word has an amazing Text Comparison tool, that will work between any two documents. So, one can past a text from Mark into one document, then of Matthew into another document, and then run the tool and see the differences, just like you would in the text comparison tool. 

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Francis | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 9 2015 6:24 AM

Another approach is to use the Word List feature. Create a word list for each passage and then use "merge" with intersection as criteria. The advantage of the MS approach is that it will let you find verbatim parallels and lets you see the text. The advantage of the WL approach is that it will let you find common lemmas, making room for finding relationships in spite of small differences in formulation:

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Mark Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 9 2015 8:36 AM

I agree that this would be a very useful extension of the technology Logos already possesses.

I could compare quickly the first 10 verses of all Paul's letters, or the parallel accounts of one of the miracles of Jesus.

Good suggestion.

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 9 2015 1:58 PM

This has been requested several times before - I'm glad to see it finally catching traction.

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Bruce Dunning | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 9 2015 3:26 PM

I agree with you Francis. Thanks for bringing this us again to keep in on the front burner for the future.

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Caleb S. | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 9 2015 9:03 PM

I'd like that feature, too. I think it would be very helpful when doing comparative studies (as a pastor, a student, or a scholar).

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Tim Hensler | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Feb 10 2015 6:42 AM

Yes

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Joel Dougherty | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Feb 23 2015 10:12 PM

Yes

I agree that this would be an incredibly useful feature. 

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Matt Rees | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 9 2015 7:31 AM

I'm looking at the relationship between 2 and 3 John, this tool would have saved me some legwork.

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Adam Olean | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Sep 9 2015 9:05 AM

Yes

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MJ. Smith | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 23 2020 1:58 AM

Earlier today I was reviewing text analysis tools for two texts - vocabulary, sentiment, and topic were the most common elements.  It may be cheating a bit to include this in my party but I can't resist.

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NB.Mick | Forum Activity | Replied: Thu, Jan 23 2020 2:57 AM

Francis:
compare two or more passages in the same Bible. 

Yes

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Sean Boisen | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 24 2020 11:55 AM

Francis:

I assume (but I don't know that for a fact) that the text comparison tool is not based on FL having manually highlighted the differences between all possible texts but is an automated comparative tool. 

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That was true in the past, but the newer version of Text Comparison is actually based on curated alignments across the texts. It's an enormous amount of work, by the way. 

(That doesn't change the fact that it would be helpful to see the alignment between two different texts ...)

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Jacob Hantla | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jan 24 2020 5:45 PM

Sean Boisen:

Francis:

I assume (but I don't know that for a fact) that the text comparison tool is not based on FL having manually highlighted the differences between all possible texts but is an automated comparative tool. 

<snip />

That was true in the past, but the newer version of Text Comparison is actually based on curated alignments across the texts. It's an enormous amount of work, by the way. 

(That doesn't change the fact that it would be helpful to see the alignment between two different texts ...)

The work was worth it .Thanks

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