Problem 2309. Calculate the Damerau-Levenshtein distance between two strings.

Created by Jan Orwat in Community

Problem 2303 reminded me a few older ones dealing with metrics between strings, problems 93, 846 or 848 about Hamming and Levenshtein distances.

Damerau-Levenshtein distance is an extension to Levenshtein distance. It is also defined as minimum number of simple edit operations on string to change it into another, but the list of allowed operations is extended.

As it is written on Wikipedia there are 4 allowed edits: deletion, insertion and substitution of an single character and an transposition of two adjacent characters.

Example. Such defined distance between words gifts and profit is 5:

gifts   => pgifts    (insertion of 'p')
pgifts  => prgifts   (insertion of 'r')
prgifts => proifts   (substitution of 'g' to 'o')
proifts => profits   (transposition of 'if' to 'fi')
profits => profit    (deletion of 's')

Solution Stats

41.67% Correct | 58.33% Incorrect
Last solution submitted on May 30, 2019