How can I find common words in two lists?
December 13, 2010 10:00 PM Subscribe
How can I find common words in two (or more) lists?
posted by pantufla to Technology (9 answers total)
I have several lists of surnames, and I want to compare them to find common names. For example, list one is "Adams, Jones, Smith" and list two is "Allen, Hughes, Smith". I want a tool that can identify "Smith" as the common term. (Of course, the lists I'm dealing with are much longer than these :) ) I've been looking for Mac or online tools that would help me do so, but most of what I've found is geared towards coding and looking for character-by-character differences. Are there any tools or techniques you could recommend for me to compare these texts? The closest thing to what I'm looking for is Compare Suite, which is Windows only (http://comparesuite.com/online.htm). I'd prefer to simply copy and paste name lists into a comparison tool, instead of keeping them in text files, if possible. This seems like such a basic task and I'm surprised that I haven't come across this type of tool yet. Thanks!