Definition: A string matching algorithm that compares characters from the end of the pattern to its beginning. When characters don't match, searching jumps to the next possible match: the farthest of a table like that used in the Knuth-Morris-Pratt algorithm and the next matching position in the pattern.
Generalization (I am a kind of ...)
See also Boyer-Moore-Horspool, Commentz-Walter handles multiple strings, like Aho-Corasick.
Note: After [Sund98].
Series of pages explaining how Boyer-Moore works.
Robert S. Boyer and J Strother Moore, A Fast String Search Algorithm, CACM, 20(10):762-772, October 1977.
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Paul E. Black, "Boyer-Moore", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Vreda Pieterse and Paul E. Black, eds. 4 October 2010. (accessed TODAY) Available from: http://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/boyermoore.html