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Duplicate Finder

This tool is designed for detection and analysis of near duplicates in software documentation. Two text fragments are considered near duplicates if they contain common information expressed identically in terms of syntax (i.e. using the same text) while still having a number of differences that, however, do not make up the bulk of both fragments.

Our tool works in two modes:

The first mode's purpose is to provide an express estimate of the number of near duplicates in a document. However, due to being automatic, it does not allow to identify semantically correct duplicates — often, meaningless phrases that are identical syntax-wise are merged, while significant duplicates are not extracted fully. There are other problems as well. Nevertheless, this mode provides an adequate general idea on the "density" of duplicates in a document. From there on, the interactive mode is suggested for acquiring correct information and using near duplicates in documentation reuse.

The tool’s source code is available here.

This research, including tool implementation, is carried out as a part of DocLine research project.


Project scientific leader Dmitry Koznov dkoznov [at]
Technical leader Dmitry Luciv dluciv [at]


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D. Luciv, D. Koznov, G. Chernishev, H.A. Basit, K. Romanovsky, A. Terekhov Duplicate finder toolkit Proceedings of the 40th International Conference on Software Engineering (ICSE 2018), ACM, 2018. — P. 171–172 pdf
D. Luciv, D. Koznov, G. Chernishev, A. Terekhov, K. Romanovsky, D. Grigoriev Detecting Near Duplicates in Software Documentation Programming and Computer Software, 2018, Vol. 44, No. 4, pp. 335–343 pdf
D.V. Koznov, D.V. Luciv, G.A. Chernishev, A.N. Terekhov Detecting Near Duplicates in Software Documentation ArXiv EPrint, 2017 pdf
Dmitry V. Koznov, Dmitry V. Luciv, George A. Chernishev Duplicate management in software documentation maintenance Proceedings of V International conference Actual problems of system and software engineering (APSSE 2017), CEUR Workshop Proceedings, vol. 1989, pp. 195–201 pdf
L.D. Kanteev, Yu.O. Kostyukov, D.V. Luciv, D.V. Koznov, M.N. Smirnov Discovering Near Duplicate Text in Software Documentation Proceedings of the Institute for System Programming, vol. 29, issue 4, 2017, pp. 303-314 pdf
D. V. Luciv, D. V. Koznov, H. A. Basit, and A. N. Terekhov On Fuzzy Repetitions Detection in Documentation Reuse Programming and Computer Software, 2016, Vol. 42, No. 4, pp. 216–224 pdf
D. Koznov, D. Luciv, H. Basit, O. Lieh, M. Smirnov Clone Detection in Reuse of Software Technical Documentation Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 9609, 2016, pp. 170-185 (10th International Andrei Ershov Informatics Conference on Perspectives of System Informatics, PSI 2015) pdf
D.V.Lutsiv, D.V.Koznov, H.A.Basit, O.E.Lieh, M.N.Smirnov, K.Yu.Romanovsky An Approach for Clone Detection in Documentation Reuse Scientific and Technical Journal of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics № 4 (92). St-Petersburg, ITMO University, 2014, pp. 106-114. (in Russian) pdf