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Beginning Java Data Structures and Algorithms

By : James Cutajar
Book Image

Beginning Java Data Structures and Algorithms

By: James Cutajar

Overview of this book

Learning about data structures and algorithms gives you a better insight on how to solve common programming problems. Most of the problems faced everyday by programmers have been solved, tried, and tested. By knowing how these solutions work, you can ensure that you choose the right tool when you face these problems. This book teaches you tools that you can use to build efficient applications. It starts with an introduction to algorithms and big O notation, later explains bubble, merge, quicksort, and other popular programming patterns. You’ll also learn about data structures such as binary trees, hash tables, and graphs. The book progresses to advanced concepts, such as algorithm design paradigms and graph theory. By the end of the book, you will know how to correctly implement common algorithms and data structures within your applications.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

Introducing Other String Matching Algorithms

Even though the Boyer-Moore string search algorithm is the standard benchmark for practical string search literature, there are other string matching algorithms that are also suitable for different purposes. In this small section, we present the following three, which are the most famous ones:

  • Rabin-Karp
  • Knuth-Morris-Pratt
  • Aho-Corasick

However, only give out the implementation of Rabin-Karp.


In 1987, Richard M. Karp and Michael O. Rabin proposed a string matching algorithm that performs well in practice and generalizes string matching against a set of patterns. The Rabin-Karp algorithm takes O(m) time in its preprocessing stage and its worst-case running time is O((n - m + 1)m), similar to Boyer-Moore's.

To better introduce the Rabin-Karp algorithm, let's assume that our alphabet ∑ is composed only of decimal digits (∑ = {0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9}), so that we can view a string of k characters as a decimal number with length k. Therefore...