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Suffix Array for all-substring search

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sufarray: implementation of suffix array

It uses prefix doubling for calculating the suffix array, which is O(n log n) time. When searching for all occurrences of a string, it takes O(log n) time. Further occurrences takes constant time.

At present the implementation is Python only. This has the drawback that the speed is not comparable with those of other languages.


To construct a suffix array of string s:

import sufarray
sarray = sufarray.SufArray(s)

After that, you can get the actual array with:


This produces a permutation a of range(len(s)), where the values a[0], a[1], etc. are such that the suffixes s[a[i]:] is sorted.

Other than that, you can find the positions where a string n appears within s using:


This is a generator function, yielding all the possible positions.


Two implementations are provided. The simple version is called SufArrayBruteForce, and a version SufArrayPD is provided which calculates the suffix array using prefix doubling, and augment the result with a LCP (Longest common prefix) array for use with searching. The latter has better bounded performance guarantees, but with arrays of small text it is slower. The default is SufArrayPD. You can use the brute force version using sufarray.SufArrayBruteForce.

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