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Problem 34: Worst Case of the Boyer-Moore Algorithm

\( \def\lcs{\mathit{lcs}} \def\per{\mathit{per}} \def\tbsuff{\mathit{good\text{-}suff}} \def\dd{\dot{}\dot{}} \)

a Boyer-Moore string matching is based on a technique that leads to the fastest searching algorithms for fixed patterns. Its main feature is to scan the pattern backward when aligned with a factor of the searched text. A typical pattern preprocessing is shown in Problem 33.

When locating a fixed pattern $x$ of length $m$ in a text $y$ of length $n$, in the generic situation $x$ is aligned with a factor (the window) of $y$ ending at position $j$ (see picture). The algorithm computes the longest common suffix ($\lcs$) between $x$ and the factor of $y$; after possibly reporting an occurrence, it slides the window towards the end of $y$ based on the preprocessing and on information collected during the scan, without missing an occurrence of $x$. Algorithm BM implements the method with table $\tbsuff$ of Problem 33.

Worst Case of the Boyer-Moore Algorithm

BM$(x,y \mbox{ non-empty words}, m,n \mbox{ their lengths})$
  \STATE $j\leftarrow m-1$
  \WHILE{$j \lt n$}
    \STATE $i\leftarrow m-1-|lcs(x,y[j-m+1..j])|$
    \IF{$i \lt 0$}
      \STATE report an occurrence of $x$ at position $j-m+1$ on $y$
      \STATE $j\leftarrow j+per(x)$
      \STATE $j\leftarrow j+good\text{-}suff[i]$

After position $j$ on $y$ is treated, if an occurrence of $x$ is found the algorithm slides naturally the window at distance $\per(x)$. If no occurrence is found, the distance $\tbsuff[i]$ depends on the factor $bu$ of $y$ (it depends on $au$ of $x$ in Problem 33). Value $\per(x)$ and array $\tbsuff$ are preprocessed before the search.

Give examples of a non-periodic pattern and of a text $y$ for which Algorithm BM performs close to $3|y|$ letter comparisons at line 3 for computing the longest common suffix.


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