Definition: A string matching algorithm that is a variant of the Boyer-Moore algorithm. It uses two consecutive text characters to compute the bad character shift. It is faster when the alphabet or pattern is small, but the skip table grows quickly, slowing the pre-processing phase.

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R. F. Zhu and T. Takaoka, On improving the average case of the Boyer-Moore string matching algorithm, J. Inform. Process. 10(3):173-177 (1987).

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