NIST

brute force string search

(algorithm)

Definition: An algorithm to find a string within 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.

Author: PEB

Implementation

Christian Charras' and Thierry Lecroq's Exact String Matching Algorithms (C), (C and Pascal)
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Entry modified 16 November 2009.
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Paul E. Black, "brute force string search", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Vreda Pieterse and Paul E. Black, eds. 16 November 2009. (accessed TODAY) Available from: https://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/bruteForceStringSearch.html