Example interpretations.

Sometimes interpreting the results of this tool can be a bit difficult. The examples below show several common results and possible interpretations. Indexes start at 1 (rather than the 0-based index system native to Python.

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Similar texts

This offers no complications. The two texts are identical
日 has been deleted from the second text. The distance from the last match (always shown for the second text) is 0. This means all of the second text is found in the first, but not vice versa.
日 has been deleted from the first text. The distance from last match is now 1.
Single character mutations show the same signature. 事 has been changed to 時. This is easy to detect by checking "get unmatched strings" and rerunning the script.
Here you can see that the character at index 11 in the first text has been changed to 時, which appears at index 11 in the second text.
Large deletions in the first text can be difficult to detect (particularly when comparing two very long texts).
Large deletions are often obvious in the second text, as the distance is 0. If you suspect a large deletion in Text 1, simply switch the text in the two inputs.

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