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From "Eli Lindsey (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Created: (LANG-684) Levenshtein Distance Within a Given Threshold
Date Mon, 07 Mar 2011 20:05:59 GMT
Levenshtein Distance Within a Given Threshold

                 Key: LANG-684
             Project: Commons Lang
          Issue Type: New Feature
          Components: lang.*
    Affects Versions: 3.1
            Reporter: Eli Lindsey
            Priority: Minor

It'd be nice to have a function that calculates the Levenshtein distance only if it's within
some integer threshold.  

Oftentimes you care less about the actual LD and more about it being within a certain range.
 This common, limited computation can be performed much faster than the normal unbounded LD
method; instead of O(nm), you can do it in O(km) (n and m are string lengths, k is the threshold).

Also, providing a function like this makes it easier for library users to rewrite the unbounded
Levenshtein function to run in O(dm) time (d is the edit distance) if necessary.

I'm attaching a patch that implements this function and adds appropriate test cases.

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