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A Guided Tour to Approximate String Matching
 ACM Computing Surveys
, 1999
"... We survey the current techniques to cope with the problem of string matching allowing errors. This is becoming a more and more relevant issue for many fast growing areas such as information retrieval and computational biology. We focus on online searching and mostly on edit distance, explaining t ..."
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We survey the current techniques to cope with the problem of string matching allowing errors. This is becoming a more and more relevant issue for many fast growing areas such as information retrieval and computational biology. We focus on online searching and mostly on edit distance, explaining the problem and its relevance, its statistical behavior, its history and current developments, and the central ideas of the algorithms and their complexities. We present a number of experiments to compare the performance of the different algorithms and show which are the best choices according to each case. We conclude with some future work directions and open problems. 1
A New Approach to Text Searching
"... We introduce a family of simple and fast algorithms for solving the classical string matching problem, string matching with classes of symbols, don't care symbols and complement symbols, and multiple patterns. In addition we solve the same problems allowing up to k mismatches. Among the feature ..."
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We introduce a family of simple and fast algorithms for solving the classical string matching problem, string matching with classes of symbols, don't care symbols and complement symbols, and multiple patterns. In addition we solve the same problems allowing up to k mismatches. Among the features of these algorithms are that they don't need to buffer the input, they are real time algorithms (for constant size patterns), and they are suitable to be implemented in hardware. 1 Introduction String searching is a very important component of many problems, including text editing, bibliographic retrieval, and symbol manipulation. Recent surveys of string searching can be found in [17, 4]. The string matching problem consists of finding all occurrences of a pattern of length m in a text of length n. We generalize the problem allowing "don't care" symbols, the complement of a symbol, and any finite class of symbols. We solve this problem for one or more patterns, with or without mismatches. Fo...
A survey of information retrieval and filtering methods
, 1995
"... We survey the major techniques for information retrieval. In the rst part, weprovide an overview of the traditional ones (full text scanning, inversion, signature les and clustering). In the second part we discuss attempts to include semantic information (natural language processing, latent semantic ..."
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We survey the major techniques for information retrieval. In the rst part, weprovide an overview of the traditional ones (full text scanning, inversion, signature les and clustering). In the second part we discuss attempts to include semantic information (natural language processing, latent semantic indexing and neural networks).
Fast and Flexible Word Searching on Compressed Text
, 2000
"... ... text. When searching complex or approximate patterns, our algorithms are up to 8 times faster than the search on uncompressed text. We also discuss the impact of our technique in inverted files pointing to logical blocks and argue for the possibility of keeping the text compressed all the time, ..."
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... text. When searching complex or approximate patterns, our algorithms are up to 8 times faster than the search on uncompressed text. We also discuss the impact of our technique in inverted files pointing to logical blocks and argue for the possibility of keeping the text compressed all the time, decompressing only for displaying purposes.
Faster Approximate String Matching
 Algorithmica
, 1999
"... We present a new algorithm for online approximate string matching. The algorithm is based on the simulation of a nondeterministic finite automaton built from the pattern and using the text as input. This simulation uses bit operations on a RAM machine with word length w = \Omega\Gamma137 n) bits, ..."
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We present a new algorithm for online approximate string matching. The algorithm is based on the simulation of a nondeterministic finite automaton built from the pattern and using the text as input. This simulation uses bit operations on a RAM machine with word length w = \Omega\Gamma137 n) bits, where n is the text size. This is essentially similar to the model used in Wu and Manber's work, although we improve the search time by packing the automaton states differently. The running time achieved is O(n) for small patterns (i.e. whenever mk = O(log n)), where m is the pattern length and k ! m the number of allowed errors. This is in contrast with the result of Wu and Manber, which is O(kn) for m = O(log n). Longer patterns can be processed by partitioning the automaton into many machine words, at O(mk=w n) search cost. We allow generalizations in the pattern, such as classes of characters, gaps and others, at essentially the same search cost. We then explore other novel techniques t...
Fast and Flexible String Matching by Combining Bitparallelism and Suffix Automata
 ACM JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL ALGORITHMICS (JEA
, 1998
"... ... In this paper we merge bitparallelism and suffix automata, so that a nondeterministic suffix automaton is simulated using bitparallelism. The resulting algorithm, called BNDM, obtains the best from both worlds. It is much simpler to implement than BDM and nearly as simple as ShiftOr. It inher ..."
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... In this paper we merge bitparallelism and suffix automata, so that a nondeterministic suffix automaton is simulated using bitparallelism. The resulting algorithm, called BNDM, obtains the best from both worlds. It is much simpler to implement than BDM and nearly as simple as ShiftOr. It inherits from ShiftOr the ability to handle flexible patterns and from BDM the ability to skip characters. BNDM is 30%40% faster than BDM and up to 7 times faster than ShiftOr. When compared to the fastest existing algorithms on exact patterns (which belong to the BM family), BNDM is from 20% slower to 3 times faster, depending on the alphabet size. With respect to flexible pattern searching, BNDM is by far the fastest technique to deal with classes of characters and is competitive to search allowing errors. In particular, BNDM seems very adequate for computational biology applications, since it is the fastest algorithm to search on DNA sequences and flexible searching is an important problem in that
A Faster Algorithm for Approximate String Matching
 Algorithmica
, 1996
"... . We present a new algorithm for online approximate string matching. The algorithm is based on the simulation of a nondeterministic finite automaton built from the pattern and using the text as input. This simulation uses bit operations on a RAM machine with word length O(log n), being n the maxi ..."
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. We present a new algorithm for online approximate string matching. The algorithm is based on the simulation of a nondeterministic finite automaton built from the pattern and using the text as input. This simulation uses bit operations on a RAM machine with word length O(log n), being n the maximum size of the text. The running time achieved is O(n) for small patterns (i.e. of length m = O( p log n)), independently of the maximum number of errors allowed, k. This algorithm is then used to design two general algorithms. One of them partitions the problem into subproblems, while the other partitions the automaton into subautomata. These algorithms are combined to obtain a hybrid algorithm which on average is O(n) for moderate k=m ratios, O( p mk= log n n) for medium ratios, and O((m \Gamma k)kn= log n) for large ratios. We show experimentally that this hybrid algorithm is faster than previous ones for moderate size of patterns and error ratios, which is the case in text search...
Fast and Practical Approximate String Matching
 In Combinatorial Pattern Matching, Third Annual Symposium
, 1992
"... We present new algorithms for approximate string matching based in simple, but efficient, ideas. First, we present an algorithm for string matching with mismatches based in arithmetical operations that runs in linear worst case time for most practical cases. This is a new approach to string searchin ..."
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We present new algorithms for approximate string matching based in simple, but efficient, ideas. First, we present an algorithm for string matching with mismatches based in arithmetical operations that runs in linear worst case time for most practical cases. This is a new approach to string searching. Second, we present an algorithm for string matching with errors based on partitioning the pattern that requires linear expected time for typical inputs. 1 Introduction Approximate string matching is one of the main problems in combinatorial pattern matching. Recently, several new approaches emphasizing the expected search time and practicality have appeared [3, 4, 27, 32, 31, 17], in contrast to older results, most of them are only of theoretical interest. Here, we continue this trend, by presenting two new simple and efficient algorithms for approximate string matching. First, we present an algorithm for string matching with k mismatches. This problem consists of finding all instances o...
Text Retrieval: Theory and Practice
 In 12th IFIP World Computer Congress, volume I
, 1992
"... We present the state of the art of the main component of text retrieval systems: the searching engine. We outline the main lines of research and issues involved. We survey recently published results for text searching and we explore the gap between theoretical vs. practical algorithms. The main obse ..."
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We present the state of the art of the main component of text retrieval systems: the searching engine. We outline the main lines of research and issues involved. We survey recently published results for text searching and we explore the gap between theoretical vs. practical algorithms. The main observation is that simpler ideas are better in practice. 1597 Shaks. Lover's Compl. 2 From off a hill whose concaue wombe reworded A plaintfull story from a sistring vale. OED2, reword, sistering 1 1 Introduction Full text retrieval systems are becoming a popular way of providing support for online text. Their main advantage is that they avoid the complicated and expensive process of semantic indexing. From the enduser point of view, full text searching of online documents is appealing because a valid query is just any word or sentence of the document. However, when the desired answer cannot be obtained with a simple query, the user must perform his/her own semantic processing to guess w...
A General Practical Approach to Pattern Matching over ZivLempel Compressed Text
, 1998
"... . We address the problem of string matching on ZivLempel compressed text. The goal is to search a pattern in a text without uncompressing it. This is a highly relevant issue to keep compressed text databases where efficient searching is still possible. We develop a general technique for string matc ..."
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. We address the problem of string matching on ZivLempel compressed text. The goal is to search a pattern in a text without uncompressing it. This is a highly relevant issue to keep compressed text databases where efficient searching is still possible. We develop a general technique for string matching when the text comes as a sequence of blocks. This abstracts the essential features of ZivLempel compression. We then apply the scheme to each particular type of compression. We present the first algorithm to find all the matches of a pattern in a text compressed using LZ77. When we apply our scheme to LZ78, we obtain a much more efficient search algorithm, which is faster than uncompressing the text and then searching on it. Finally, we propose a new hybrid compression scheme which is between LZ77 and LZ78, being in practice as good to compress as LZ77 and as fast to search in as LZ78. 1 Introduction String matching is one of the most pervasive problems in computer science, with appli...