New version of the DCS
hellwig7 at GMX.DE
Wed Jul 13 17:16:11 UTC 2011
a new version of the Digital Corpus of Sanskrit (DCS) is now available at
http://kjc-fs-cluster.kjc.uni-heidelberg.de/dcs/index.php. My special
thanks go to Mr. Dulip Withanage at the HRA in Heidelberg for his prompt,
competent, and patient help in setting up the new version!
As citations and similar text passages have been a big issue in Germany for
the last few months, the corpus now displays parallel passages in Sanskrit
literature. You can find some theoretical background about the search
algorithm at http://kjc-fs-cluster.kjc.uni-heidelberg.de/dcs/index.php?
contents=help_citations. Basically, the database has been scanned for text
passages that have at least 4 "non-trivial" words in common. Words may
occur in free order, so dharmArthagobrAhmaNa and brAhmaNArthadharmago are
accepted as similar. Parallels are displayed on the one hand in a large
graph (select the menu item "Parallels"). Here, a line between two texts
represents the parallels (click on the line to display the text passages).
Texts marked green in this graph contain many incoming and outgoing links
and are, therefore, important nodes in the network of parallels. On the
other hand, parallels can be displayed for each individual chapter in a
text. Try, for example, Manusmriti 1.1, which contains 130 parallel or
similar passages (sentences starting with "=> ..."). Hope, this function
may be helpful for a better understanding of some aspects of text
transmission in ancient India.
In addition, I corrected a bug that prevented user input and corrections on
the text page.
PD Dr. Oliver Hellwig
South-Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg
Im Neuenheimer Feld 330
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