Discover MakerZone

MATLAB and Simulink resources for Arduino, LEGO, and Raspberry Pi

Learn more

Discover what MATLAB® can do for your career.

Opportunities for recent engineering grads.

Apply Today

Problem 846. Calculate the Hamming distance between two strings

Created by Matt Eicholtz

Inspired by a similar Cody problem found here.

Parts of the problem description were taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamming_distance.

The Hamming distance between two strings of equal length is the number of positions at which the corresponding symbols are different. In other words, it is the number of substitutions required to transform one string into another. Given two strings of equal length, compute the Hamming distance.

Example

If

s1 = 'cats'
s2 = 'dogs'

then

d = 3

because three substitutions are required to transform s1 into s2.

   cats => dats (substitute 'd' for 'c')
   dats => dots (substitute 'o' for 'a')
   dots => dogs (substitute 'g' for 't')

Problem Group

Solution Statistics

41 correct solutions 9 incorrect solutions
Last solution submitted on Jul 02, 2014