Smith algorithm


Definition: A string matching algorithm which computes the shift value for both the rightmost character of the window and the character preceding it, then uses the maximum of the two values.

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visualization and code (C)

More information

P. D. Smith, Experiments with a very fast substring search algorithm, Software Practice & Experience, 21(10):1065-1074, 1991.

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Entry modified 17 December 2004.
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Bob Bockholt, "Smith algorithm", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Paul E. Black, ed. 17 December 2004. (accessed TODAY) Available from: