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Comparing strings against a pool of words

I am creating an app where the user enters 8 characters. After he enters the string I have to see if it is an eight letter word. If not, check if contains a seven letter word etc. I am checking ...
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Settle an Argument: String vs. Array?

True or False: A string is the same thing as an array. I had an interview the other day and the above question was asked. I said false, but the interviewer said it was actually true. I explained to ...
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How common is string manipulation, really? [closed]

I've noticed a lot of programming introductions (almost any language) usually include a heavy barrage of string manipulation quite early, such as: Count the number of "xx" in the given string. We'll ...
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Code execution within delimiters

Is there any way I can execute a block of code in a loop, like so: [ some code goes here ] Where the delimiters are "[" and "]", and also allowing for nested blocks, i.e.: [the user can create ...
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Match two strings but allow for a degree of error

How can I match two strings, but at the same time allow for X number of characters to be incorrect in the match. The number of errors should be a controllable variable. While X number of characters ...
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Find pattern in a string

How would one approach the following question: We have two strings: a normal alphanumeric string and a pattern string. the pattern string can be composed by alphanumeric chars plus the char "?" ...
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PHP Simplest XML tokenizer for string processing?

I need to do some text processing tasks with short XML fragments. The section "details" shows an example... My solution is to use a tokenizer based on regular expresions, but it is not elegant and not ...
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Converting an empty string to a number [closed]

If you are designing a function which should conver a string to an integer, how would you convert an empty string? The question is only about this one particular input value (empty string). Between ...
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What does it mean to perform an operation “In Place” for Interpreted Languages?

Programming question: Reverse words in a string (words are separated by one or more spaces). Now do it in-place. What does "in-place" mean in the above context for an interpreted language ...
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Why is String immutable in Java?

I couldn't understand the reason of it. I always use String class like other developers, but when I modify the value of it, new instance of String created. What might be the reason of immutability ...
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Possible Damerau-Levenshtein improvement?

I recently implemented the Damerau-Levenshtein distance algorithm from the pseudocode on Wikipedia. I couldn't find any explanation of exactly how it works and the pseudocode uses completely ...
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How to manage intermediate outputs efficiently?

I am implementing a C preprocessor in C... I have the three functions: trigraph replacing function Line splicing function comment removing function However these functions work separately on ...
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A string is immutable, so why are they not all constants?

The string type is immutable. We can use the const keyword with strings in high level language like .NET. My understanding of 'const' means constant (it remains the same, we can't change the value). ...
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Longest subsequence without string

Does there exist a dynamic programming algorithm to find the longest subsequence in a string X that does not contain Y as substring? Just that this problem seems so similar to other DP string ...
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Index independent character comparison within text blocks

I have the following task: developing a program where there is a block of sample text which should be typed by user. Any typos the user does during the test are registered. Basically, I can compare ...
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Try to find a word in the dictionary that has most letters given

I recently came across an algorithm design problem that I'd like some help with: Given some letters, for example a,e,o,g,z,k,l,j,w,n and a dictionary of words. Find a word in the dictionary that ...
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Algorithm Identification [ String & Dictionary ]

I recently heard of an interview question: Given a string and a dictionary. Break the string into meaningful words and I remember solving this before with dynamic programming fairly quickly (maybe ...
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How do you compress ASCII strings into smaller bytes?

I'm working with an embedded device with a unique protocol that sends messages to other devices and I'm making an application that parses the sent packets. Each packet carries 8 bytes. The protocol is ...
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Is initializing a char[] with a string literal bad practice?

I was reading a thread titled "strlen vs sizeof" on CodeGuru, and one of the replies states that "it's anyways [sic] bad practice to initialie [sic] a char array with a string literal." Is this ...
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Which string search algorithm is actually the fastest?

I have been stuck for some time on which is the fastest string search algorithm, heard many opinions, but in the end I'm not sure. I have heard some people saying that the fastest algorithm is ...
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Finding occurrences of a useful words and phrases in strings

I am building an app that analyzes posts by people by pulling their Tweets and Facebook posts. I need to process all the posts and find useful phrases. What I mean by useful is that, any word or ...
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Storing lots of large strings with frequent “appends” and few reads

In my current project, I need to store a very long ASCII string to each instance of a given object. This string will receive an 2 appends per minute and will not be retrieved so frequently. The ...
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Looking for a non-cryptographic hash function that returns a single character

Suppose I have a dictionary of ASCII words stored in uppercase. I also want to save those words into separate files so that the total word count of each file is approximately the same. By simply ...
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Why does Java use UTF-16 for internal string representation?

I would imagine the reason was fast, array like access to the character at index, but some characters won't fit into 16 bits, so it wouldn't work... So if you have to handle special cases anyways, ...
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How to implement string matching based on a pattern

I was asked to build a tool that can identify if a string match a pattern. Example: {1:20} stuff t(x) {a,b,c} would match: 1 stuff tx a 20 stuff t c It is a sort of regex but with a ...
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Complex string matching with fuzzywuzzy

I'm attempting to write a process that matches obscure strings to a single 'master string' for further processing. I have a lot of data that looks something like this: Basketball Basket Ball Football ...
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Shortest Common Superstring: find shortest string that contains all given string fragments

Given some string fragments, I would like to find the shortest possible single string ("output string") that contains all the fragments. Fragments can overlap each other in the output string. ...
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Removing occurrences of characters in a string

I am reading this book, Programming Interviews Exposed by John Mongan et. al and in chapter 6 they are discussing removing all instances of characters in a src string using a removal string, e.g. ...
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When should I use StringBuilder or StringBuffer?

In a production web application, my fellow programmers used StringBuffer everywhere. Now I am taking care of application development and corrections. After reading StringBuilder and StringBuffer I ...
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What direction should I consider the offset when searching strings in reverse?

I'm making an indexOfReverse utility function in my C++ program, and I have caught a bit of a snag. Implementing the offset and maxOffset in my indexOf was very intuitive to me.. These start from the ...
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Why are the arguments for substring functions mismatched?

In many languages, the substring function works like this: substring(startIndex, endIndex) returns the substring from startIndex until endIndex-1 (if you view startIndex and endIndex as 0-based) / ...
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Should functions of a C library always expect a string's length?

I'm currently working on a library written in C. Many functions of this library expect a string as char* or const char* in their arguments. I started out with those functions always expecting the ...
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How does PHP internally represent strings?

UTF8? UTF16? Do strings in PHP also keep track of the encoding used? Let's look at this script for example. Say I run: $original = "शक्नोम्यत्तुम्"; What actually happens? Obviously I think ...
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Is it inefficient to concatenate strings one at a time?

I recall back from my days of programming in C that when two strings are joined, the OS must allocate memory for the joined string, then the program can copy all the string text over to the new area ...
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Should a string constant be defined if it's only going to be used once?

We're implementing an adapter for Jaxen (an XPath library for Java) that allows us to use XPath to access the data model of our application. This is done by implementing classes which map strings ...
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Possible applications of algorithm devised for differentiating between structured vs random text

I have written a program that can rapidly (within 5 sec on a 2GB RAM desktop, 2.33 Ghz CPU) differentiate between structured text (e.g English text) and random alphanumeric strings. It can also ...
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Why are Python strings allocated on the stack?

According to this Python code visualizer, Python strings are allocated on the stack and not on the heap. Why is this? I thought they would be similar to Java where Strings are allocated on the heap.
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How can I extract words from a sentence and determine what part of speech each is? [closed]

I want to write something that takes a sentence and identifies each word it contains and defines what part of speech each word is. For example Hello World, I am a sentence would return this ...
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string.format with variables vs inline variables

What are the pros/cons (if any) to using string output; int i = 10; output = string.Format("the int is {0}", i); versus string output; int i = 10; output = "the int is " + i; I have always ...
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Alternate string formatting options in C++?

I'm looking at optimizing some string formatting code that's hit a lot in our code. We had been using ostringstream, and I converted the code to use sprintf (actually Microsoft's more secure ...
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What performance can we expect from std::string's c_str()? Always constant time?

I've been doing some needed optimizations lately. One thing I've been doing is changing some ostringstreams -> sprintfs. I'm sprintf'ing a bunch of std::strings to a c style array, ala char foo[500]; ...
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Best practice Java - String array constant and indexing it

For string constants its usual to use a class with final String values. But whats the best practice for storing string array. I want to store different categories in a constant array and everytime a ...
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How to select a most probable option from the list based on user text Input

I am working over a OCR Application where I need to select a option based on user text input. Ex: Available Options: ["python", "ruby", "java", "clojure", "haskell"] Input: kava Output: java Input: ...
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Is it possible to write a generalized string reverse function that works for all localisations and string types?

I was just watching the Jon Skeet (with Tony the Pony) presentation from Dev-Days. Although "write a string reverse function" is coding interview 101 - I'm not sure that it's actually possible to ...
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What are the pros and cons of having a CaseInsensitiveString type in Java?

I'm tempted to create a final class CaseInsensitiveString implements CharSequence. This would allow us to define variables and fields of this type, instead of using a regular String. We can also have ...
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Why do people put '\n' at the beginning of strings?

Very often I get into C code where printf format strings start with \n: printf( "\nHello" ); This in my opinion is an annoying thing that offers no advantages (rather many disadvantages!) with ...
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Search for a sub-string in a given array of strings

I have an array of n strings. I want to select all the elements of the array that starts with the given string. Sorry if that is not clear. I'll give an example. input = "as" array = ["abas", ...
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How defensive should we be?

We've been running Pex over some code, and it has been showing some good things (well bad things, but showing them before it gets to production!). However, one of the nice things about Pex is that it ...
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What should I consider when converting from ASCII to Unicode?

For instance if I had only ASCII characters and then switched to Unicode now I have to consider special characters, and bigger strings or chars. What else along these lines should I be considering? ...
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Why does Java's String class not implement a more efficient indexOf()?

Following the below question on Stack Overflow http://stackoverflow.com/questions/5564610/fast-alernative-for-stringindexofstring-str I got to wondering why it is that java (6 at least) not use a ...