Substring index

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In computer science, a substring index is a data structure which gives substring search in a text or text collection in sublinear time. If you have a document S of length n, or a set of documents D=\{S^1,S^2, \dots, S^d\} of total length n, you can locate all occurrences of a pattern P in o(n) time. (See Big O notation.)

The phrase full-text index is also often used for an index of all substrings of a text. But is ambiguous, as it is also used for regular word indexes such as inverted files and document retrieval. See full text search.

Substring indexes include:


  1. ^ R. Grossi and J. S. Vitter, Compressed Suffix Arrays and Suffix Trees, with Applications to Text Indexing and String Matching, SIAM Journal on Computing, 35(2), 2005, 378-407.