deterministic finite automata string search


Definition: A string matching algorithm which builds a deterministic finite state machine to recognize the search string. The machine is then run at each location in turn. If the machine accepts, that is a match.

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description and animation (C), (C) which uses a finite automaton structure (C) and builds a recognizer (C)
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Paul E. Black, "deterministic finite automata string search", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Vreda Pieterse and Paul E. Black, eds. 16 November 2009. (accessed TODAY) Available from: