Fallen-leaves data?

I’ve subscribed to the various repositories and have noticed mentions of " fallen-leaves data". Does anyone have a moment to give the $.05 explanation of what this is? I’m just curious.

“Fallen leaves” are texts that have parallels but no actual text content. The main example is the Bhikkhuni patidesaniyas, where each rule is no more than a single word in a concatenated file. Thus the “leaf” (i.e. text) has “fallen” from the “tree” (i.e. hierarchical structure).

Normally on SC a text = a file = a set of parallels. But in this case since there is no actual file or text, we separate them out so we can still show parallels.


Fascinating. Thanks for all your hard work.

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