|go ahead... be a heretic|
Re: Patter Findingby George_Sherston (Vicar)
|on Sep 11, 2001 at 04:53 UTC||Need Help??|
Yow. I'm not sure who's crazier - you for suggesting this might be something one would want to do, or me for trying to do it ;)
Because It's There, as the man said.
Having struggled with it a bit I realised one thing about the question itself, which is that we can't say there are only three patterns. In fact there are a lot more - "hell", "hel", and "he" to name but the most obvious additions. That's unless we want to match against a dictionary, in which case it's just a matter of processing power.
Assuming we are interested in patterns rather than specific words I think the following does it. I should say at the outset that the clever bit in this comes from japhy's regex book which is referred to in this node.
This throws up 31 patterns, with up to four occurrences each. (BTW, in case $window doesn't make sense, I assumed (A) there must be at least two occurrences of each pattern, otherwise it wouldn't really be a pattern; (B) each pattern must be at least 2 chars and (C) there must be at least 2 patterns.)
Thanks for making me think. Can I stop now?
§ George Sherston