Match Limit is the number of consecutive words software compares on each side (source and target). If the words matching limit is set to “3”, software will compare every “3” consecutive words against matched results found on the internet (in case of online plagiarism detection section).
The ideal words matching limit is in between 3-5.
If you lower the matching limit, software would compare every single words of source (loaded content) against target (Internet, documents, URLs) which of course can invalidate the results of the plagiarism as software would would be many common words. SIMILARLY, if you increase the limit more than usual, software won’t be able to detect similarity until unless it finds and matches the same and exact long phrase.
To change the words match limit, you need to go to the software settings page and click on the general settings tab. You will see the textbox with a number in it. Just change it as per your requirement and it will be saved automatically.
If you are using the classic version (6.0.12 or lower) of the application, you can change the matching limit i.e. the number of consecutive words scanned within a sentence for duplication, by clicking on the “” icon, located on the top right corner of the application window.
This will open up the following window:
Here click on the “+” button to increase the matching limit, or click on the “-” button to decrease the matching limit.
Note: By default, the matching limit is set at 3.
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