General Pattern Matching

Authored by: Alberto Apostolico

Algorithms and Theory of Computation Handbook

Print publication date:  November  2009
Online publication date:  November  2009

Print ISBN: 9781584888222
eBook ISBN: 9781584888239
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This chapter reviews combinatorial and algorithmic problems related to searching and matching of strings and slightly more complicated structures such as arrays and trees. These problems arise in a vast variety of applications and in connection with various facets of storage, transmission, and retrieval of information. A list would include the design of structures for the efficient management of large repositories of strings, arrays and special types of graphs, fundamental primitives such as the various variants of exact and approximate searching, specific applications such as the identification of periodicities and other regularities, efficient implementations of ancillary functions such as compression and encoding of elementary discrete objects, etc. The main objective of studies in pattern matching is to abstract and identify some primitive manipulations, develop new techniques and efficient algorithms to perform them, both by serial and parallel or distributed computation, and implement the new algorithms.

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