Ideally Accordance would have all the Greek manuscripts in one module or bundle. And it would be possible to run a comparison on more than 2 mss. Of course "all" is probably not possible, but would it be possible to have a high percentage of the mss all in Accordance?
As to advancing from current comparison capacity, how much comparison would be possible? Right now if I bring up 2 mss, I can use the compare function, but I don't know if the results are available in numerical interpretation; i.e., percent of identity. Comparing manuscripts mathematically is an ideal, though obviously requiring a high degree of sophistication to be useful, as each manuscript will have different missing parts, lacunae. And one codex's missing parts will differ from another's. One would like some way of extrapolating what the comparison would be if there were no missing parts.
But the abstract idea is to be able to compare all the manuscripts mathematically and come out with results like:
X & Y are 90 percent identical and these 2 are the closest in identity of any two manuscripts.
Z & Q are 89 percent identical and these two have an identity rating of 23 (there are 22 mss which are mutually more identical than these out of a total of 6000 mss).
The degree of identity for any two manuscripts would be mathematically expressed as percents.
By comparing all manuscripts with each other this way, families could be established objectively.
Or has anyone already done this?
Using the Accordance compare function, I don't know if there is any way to expand the comparison beyond 2 modules (what is the maximum number of mss that can be compared simultaneously?);
but when I tried 4 codices in parallel, only the first 2 compared.
Obviously in many cases the comparisons would be reduced to individual book comparisons (Romans in X vs Romans in Y).
It would be nice to be able to compare more mss simultaneously. And it would be nice to have a huge bundle of texts with improved means of comparison.
Edited by Enoch, 16 October 2014 - 11:41 AM.