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Re: [textualcriticism] Re: How many Variants per category

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  • Michael Marlowe
    ... Eddie, thanks for this. I think it shows how useless this kind of number-crunching can be--especially in a linguistic field of study like TC--and how
    Message 1 of 12 , Apr 5, 2008
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      Eddie Mishoe wrote:

      > Let's use John 1.1a as an example:
      >
      > EN ARCH HN hO LOGOS (base text)
      > 1. ARCH HN hO LOGOS (EN omitted)
      > 2. EN ARCH hO LOGOS (HN omitted)
      > 3. hO LOGOS HN EN ARCH (word order)
      > 4. hO LOGOS EN ARCH HN (word order)
      > 5. LOGOS HN EN ARCH (hO omitted)
      > 6. HN EN ARCH LOGOS (2 variants, hO omitted, word
      > order)
      > 7. ARCH HN hO LOGOS (EN omitted)
      > 8. HN hO LOGOS ARCH (2 variants, EN omitted, word
      > order)
      > 9. EN ARCH hO LOGOS (HN omitted)
      > 10. EN ARC HN hO LOGOS (omitted letter in ARCH)
      > 11. EN ACH HN LOGOS (omitted letter in ARCH and
      > omitted hO)
      > etc.
      >
      > As you can see, I can exceed the 400,000 variants
      > without the need to ever use another word other than
      > those in the GNT. By the above permutations, I could
      > exceed millions of variants...


      Eddie, thanks for this. I think it shows how useless this kind of
      number-crunching can be--especially in a linguistic field of study like
      TC--and how misleading statistics can be when they are presented without
      exact and complete information about how they were generated.

      Michael Marlowe
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