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NAME ^ - Merge the results of multiple huge-sort generated files into a single sorted file.

SYNOPSIS ^ output-directory


Combine the sorted bigram files generated by efficiently.

This program is used internally by



Required Arguments:


Input to should be a single flat directory containing multiple plain text files generated by The result file, merge.* (* is a number, the final result file has the maximum number), is in the source directory.

Optional Arguments:


Switches ON the --keep option will keep all the intermediate merging files.

Other Options:


Displays the help information.


Displays the version information.


There is a limitation in When the size of the corpus is very large (>16G) and the some of the terms of the bigrams is very long (>30 chars), the program could run out of memory at step. This is because huge-merge use two hashes to count the frequencies of the first and second term of the bigrams. These two hashes could use up the memory with the increase of the length of the terms and the increase of the number of the terms. If just for normal text, terms are within limited length and numbers, the software won't use up the memory.


Ying Liu, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. liux0395 at

Ted Pedersen, University of Minnesota, Duluth. tpederse at


Copyright (C) 2009-2011, Ying Liu and Ted Pedersen

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version. This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with this program; if not, write to the Free Software Foundation, Inc., 59 Temple Place - Suite 330, Boston, MA 02111-1307, USA.

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