Dave Gentile wrote:

> O.K. - a back of the envelop calculation

Dave,

Thanks for your efforts, but you may need to find another envelope - should

be plenty around at this time of year :-)

> (or really some quick cutting and pasting with a spreadsheet) -

Or another spreadsheet.

> xQ:

>

> 18 blocks

> 1770 words

> average length 98 words

> 1602 possible 10 word agrements

> .......

> sQ:

> 57 blocks

> 2381 words

> average length 42 words

> 1881 possible 10 word agrements

> 12 actual agreements

Firstly, what I found was the set of strings common to Matthew and Luke

having *more than* ten contiguous words, i.e. 11+

Thus 1602 should be replaced by 1584 and 1881 by 1824.

Secondly you appear to be comparing apples and pears in the agreements. The

numbers 1584 and 1824 represent counts of the number of possible 11-word

strings (some of which will be overlapping). What I had counted were the

numbers and lengths of all the strings having more than ten words (none of

which overlap with each other by definition). The total number of words in

the xQ and sQ strings were 364 and 205 respectively. Therefore my actual

numbers of 11-word strings (some of which will overlap) are 364 - 10*23 =

134 and 205 - 10*12 = 85 respectively. So in xQ there are 134 contiguous

11-word strings out of a possible 1584, and in sQ there are 85 contiguous

11-word strings out of a possible 1824. (All this neglects the fact that the

blocks have different lengths, but I agree that the approximation that they

have equal lengths is unlikely to make much difference to the results.)

Ron Price

Derbyshire, UK

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