# KMP solution in Java

• Hi guys!

Here is a pretty concise implementation of a Knuth-Morris-Pratt algorithm in Java.
Instead of commenting and explaining the approach I want to give a really-really useful link to TopCoder tutorial on the topic. The code is just a slightly modified version of the code from the tutorial and an explanation there is perfect.

public class Solution {

private int[] failureFunction(char[] str) {
int[] f = new int[str.length+1];
for (int i = 2; i < f.length; i++) {
int j = f[i-1];
while (j > 0 && str[j] != str[i-1]) j = f[j];
if (j > 0 || str[j] == str[i-1]) f[i] = j+1;
}
return f;
}

public int strStr(String haystack, String needle) {
if (needle.length() == 0) return 0;
if (needle.length() <= haystack.length()) {
int[] f = failureFunction(needle.toCharArray());
int i = 0, j = 0;
while (i < haystack.length()) {
if (haystack.charAt(i) == needle.charAt(j)) {
i++; j++;
if (j == needle.length()) return i-j;
} else if (j > 0) j = f[j];
else i++;
}
}
return -1;
}
}

• Thanks for bringing up kmp algorithm, and I found a much better explanation here
http://jakeboxer.com/blog/2009/12/13/the-knuth-morris-pratt-algorithm-in-my-own-words/
for ppl can't get their heads around "the prefix of the suffix of the prefix of the…"

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