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UPDATE: WARNING: the following code does not work in all circumstances. Sorry!

Here is a variant of tobyink's solution that uses index to look ahead when the current candidate string repeats and then enlengthens (is that an English word?) it accordingly.

sub find_substring { my $input = shift; my $length = length $input; my $i = 0; my $possible; while( 1 ) { $possible = substr $input, 0, $i+1; # increase length by 1 $i = index $input, $possible, $i+1; # find next occurence of c +andidate return $input if $i < 0; # if not found return full + string => no repetition $possible = substr $input, 0, $i; # this is the minimum leng +th candidate return $possible if $input eq substr($possible x (1 + int($len +gth / $i)), 0, $length); # success } }

UPDATE: Eily's solution below Re^3: Finding repeat sequences. can be used to avoid the construction of the repeated string (as it is the same just with offset). Therefore, this works even better:

sub find_substring { my $input = shift; my $length = length $input; my $i = 0; while( 1 ) { $i = index( $input, substr( $input, 0, $i+1 ), $i+1); return $input if $i < 0; return substr( $input, 0, $i) if substr( $input, $i ) eq substr($i +nput, 0, $length - $i); } }

In reply to Re^3: Finding repeat sequences. by hdb
in thread Finding repeat sequences. by BrowserUk

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