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There are often multiple ways to implement the same requirement in source code. Different implementation choices can result in code snippets that are similar, and have been defined in multiple ways: code clones, examples, simions and variants. Currently, there is a lack of a consistent and unambiguous definition of such types of code snippets. Here we present a characterization study of code variants - a specific type of code snippets that differ from each other by at least one desiredarXiv:2006.03844v2 fatcat:leptvsl5q5hbrgyi3bgea4zouu