Comparing two book chapters (text files)

Tino Wildenhain tino at wildenhain.de
Thu Feb 5 11:21:44 CET 2009


andrew cooke wrote:
> On Feb 4, 10:20 pm, Nick Matzke <mat... at berkeley.edu> wrote:
>> So I have an interesting challenge.  I want to compare two book
>> chapters, which I have in plain text format, and find out (a) percentage
>> similarity and (b) what has changed.
> 
> no idea if it will help, but i found this yesterday - http://www.nltk.org/
> 
> it's a python toolkit for natural language processing.  there's a book
> at http://www.nltk.org/book with much more info.

Also there is difflib in the standard package which can be used
depending on exact definition of "similarity".

Regards
Tino
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