A "string" is a sequence of characters typically representing a unit of human-readable text. Questions on this topic deal with processing strings in programs, and how various languages and environments define and manipulate strings.

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Return equal occurrence of char in a list of strings

I have an array of strings ["abb", "bbxxaa"]. I would like to print all characters that occur equal times in each index so in above case I would print bb because they occur twice in both indexes and ...
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Understanding Boyer-Moore Algorithm

Edit: I've found the original publication. It seems to me that the original does not have a l′(i). But I could be wrong because the definition of rpr(i) is so obscure to me. I'm not sure how it makes ...
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Is there any language-agnostic specification for “String Natural Sorting Order”

As I painfully try to find a good natural sorting algorithm written in JavaScript I then stumble upon a bunch of different implementations, & interesting blog posts & answers on Stack Overflow....
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How to fix legacy code that uses <string.h> unsafely?

We've got a bunch of legacy code, written in straight C (some of which is K&R!), which for many, many years has been compiled using Visual C 6.0 (circa 1998) on an XP machine. We realize this is ...
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How does std::string in c++ allocate memory? [closed]

I've noticed that the string library doesn't require one to allocate space before writing the input/output. How does the string library allocate that memory dynamically, i know of the 'new' keyword in ...
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Is there a stricter strtoull() in any ubiquitous C library?

I want a function that will interpret a string as a strictly unsigned integer, failing when the string overflows, represents a negative number, or does not represent a number. strtoull() does set ...
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VB.NET - Serial Key Generating (Encryption, Hashing, Encoding?) Algorithm

I am trying to create a basic licensing system where I take a unique ID from the client computer, and I get this Hexadecimal string (hyphens removed e.g. "84-18-CE-...."): "...
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Assigning strings to pointer in C

My question is about pointers in C. As far as I've learned and searched, pointers can only store addresses of other variables, but cannot store the actual values (like integers or characters). But in ...
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Which file format should I use as an alternative to my current Excel worksheet? [closed]

My .NET application does its work and then creates a report (an Excel worksheet). That report contains thousands of short text strings [KEY - VALUE]. So Excel worksheets suites very well, one column ...
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Regex to String generation

Let's say that we have a regex and an index i. If we suppose that the set of strings that match our regex are sorted in a lexicographical order, how could we get the i element of this list? Edit : I ...
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exception for string literal conventions

If I'm used to use ' for string literals in PHP, would it be better if I'll stick to it in any situation or can there be exceptions when it would increase readability? example: $foo = "bar'baz"; // ...
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Why doesn't Ruby have implicit conversion of Fixnum into String?

Ruby normally makes things easy. However, it doesn't allow implicitely converting a number to a string: 2.0.0p247 :010 > "a"+1 TypeError: no implicit conversion of Fixnum into String Why is this ...
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Algorithm to create permutations for a given alphabet based on a sequence number

I would like to have a function that will create a word (always the same word) for a given sequence number based on a given alphabet. word(0, [a,b,c]) = a word(1, [a,b,c]) = b word(2, [a,b,c]) = c ...
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Word recognition in a string without spaces or punctuation marks

I have a small C# project that reads a file and gives me an output: a string that does not contain spaces nor any types of punctuation marks. It may also contain a few misspellings. Ex. Output: ...
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What's the difference of an object being final and an object being immutable in java?

final String str = "do not change me"; str = "why not?"; //it will result in compile time error saying that final fields can not be re-assigned once created i.e. the reference cannot be changed ...
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How can I handle this string concatenation in C in a reusable way

I've been writing a small C application that operates on files, and I've found that I have been copy+pasting this code around my functions: char fullpath[PATH_MAX]; fullpath[0] = '\0'; strcat(...
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What is the purpose of chunking strings in natural language processing?

I see many examples of libraries that use a 'chunker' and also people asking how to write chunkers, but what is this for and why do we need it? Isn't it enough to split a text by whitespace or other ...
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Why doesn't Haskell have a 'format' function for string interpolation?

I'm trying to use Shake and I stumbled upon the following problem: there's no easy and convenient way to interpolate a string. I know about Text.Printf — it's not what I'm looking for. The ...
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How can I take a list of tokens (of variable number) and know what each token means?

I have to read a text document with data formatted as follows: (a couple of examples) 07 M W F 1400 1450 C 2004 M W F 0900 1030 EN 2036 06 M T R 1300 1350 EN 1003 17 T R 0900 1015 EN 1052 The ...
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Search Substring in String collection

I have a big collection of strings a[1], …, a[N] where N is about several millions. I am provided a string m and I need to iterate over all the strings a[i] that contain m. In other words, I need to ...
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How many strings are created in memory when concatenating strings in Java?

I was asked about immutable strings in Java. I was tasked with writing a function that concatenated a number of "a"s to a string. What I wrote: public String foo(int n) { String s = ""; for (...
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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 [closed]

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 [closed]

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 fewer 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 true,...
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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 Boyer-...
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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. Example:...
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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 ...