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An Open Source name disambiguation tool for version control systems

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gambit is an Open Source name disambiguation tool for version control systems.

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gambit is pure python code. It has no platform-specific dependencies and thus works on all platforms. Assuming you are using pip, you can install latest version of gambit by running:

> pip install gambit-disambig

This also installs the necessary dependencies. gambit depends on the python-Levenshtein package to compute Levenshtein distances for edited lines of code. On sytems running Windows, automatically compiling this C based module might fail during installation. In this case, unofficial Windows binaries can be found here, which might help you get started.

How to use gambit

After installation, we suggest to check out our tutorial, detailing how to get started using gambit. We also provide detailed inline documentation serving as reference.

We have published some motivating results as well as details on the disambiguation algorithm and its hyperparameters in "gambit – An Open Source Name Disambiguation Tool for Version Control Systems". An earlier version of gambit used to obtain the results shown in our paper is archived on Due to GDPR, we cannot publish the manually disambiguated ground-truth data on zenodo. However, if you require this data for research purposes or replication of our results please feel free to contact us directly.

All functions of gambit have been tested on Ubuntu, Mac OS, and Windows.

How to cite gambit

      title={gambit -- An Open Source Name Disambiguation Tool for Version Control Systems}, 
      author={Christoph Gote and Christian Zingg},


This software is licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License v3 (AGPL-3.0).

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