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string

(data structure)

Definition: A list of characters, usually implemented as an array. Informally a word, phrase, sentence, etc. Since text processing is so common, a special type with substring operations is often available.

See also string matching, string matching with errors, longest common subsequence, end-of-string, text.

Note: The term string usually refers to a small sequence of characters, such as a name or a sentence. The term text usually refers to a large sequence of characters, such as an article or a book.

Author: PEB


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Paul E. Black, "string", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Vreda Pieterse and Paul E. Black, eds. 14 December 2005. (accessed TODAY) Available from: https://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/string.html