brute force string search


Definition: Find a string in another string or body of text by trying each position one at a time. There are many far faster string matching algorithms.

Also known as naive string search.

Generalization (I am a kind of ...)
string matching, brute force.

Aggregate parent (I am a part of or used in ...)

Author: PEB


Christian Charras' and Thierry Lecroq's Exact String Matching Algorithms (C), (C and Pascal)
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Entry modified 12 February 2019.
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