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An adaptive hybrid pattern-matching algorithm on indeterminate strings

Smyth, W.F. and Wang, S. (2009) An adaptive hybrid pattern-matching algorithm on indeterminate strings. International Journal of Foundations of Computer Science, 20 (6). pp. 985-1004.

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We describe a hybrid pattern-matching algorithm that works on both regular and indeterminate strings. This algorithm is inspired by the recently proposed hybrid algorithm FJS and its indeterminate successor. However, as discussed in this paper, because of the special properties of indeterminate strings, it is not straightforward to directly migrate FJS to an indeterminate version. Our new algorithm combines two fast pattern-matching algorithms, ShiftAnd and BMS (the Sunday variant of the Boyer-Moore algorithm), and is highly adaptive to the nature of the text being processed. It avoids using the border array, therefore avoids some of the cases that are awkward for indeterminate strings. Although not always the fastest in individual test cases, our new algorithm is superior in overall performance to its two component algorithms — perhaps a general advantage of hybrid algorithms.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Co.
Copyright: © 2009 World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd
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