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SheetDiff: A Tool for Identifying Changes in Spreadsheets

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SheetDiff: A Tool for Identifying Changes in Spreadsheets
Most spreadsheets, like other software, change over time. A frequently occurring scenario is the repeated reuse and adaptation of spreadsheets from one project to another. If several versions of one spreadsheet for grading/budgeting/etc. have accumulated, it is often not obvious which one to choose for the next project. In situations like these, an understanding of how two versions of a spreadsheet differ is crucial to make an informed choice. Other scenarios are the reconciliation of two spreadsheets created by different users, generalizing different spreadsheets into a common template, or simply understanding and documenting the evolution of a spreadsheet over time. In this paper we present a method for identifying the changes between two spreadsheets with the explicit goal of presenting them to users in a concise form. We have implemented a prototype system, called SheetDiff, and tested the approach on several different spreadsheet pairs. As our evaluations will show, this system w...
Chris Chambers, Martin Erwig, Markus Luckey
Added 31 Jan 2011
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Type Journal
Year 2010
Where VL
Authors Chris Chambers, Martin Erwig, Markus Luckey
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