Universal Reconstruction of a String


Many properties of a string can be viewed as sets of dependencies between substrings of the string expressed in terms of substring equality. We design a linear-time algorithm which finds a solution to an arbitrary system of such constraints: a generic string satisfying a system of substring equations. This provides a general tool for reconstructing a string from different kinds of repetitions or symmetries present in the string, in particular, from runs or from maximal palindromes. The recursive structure of our algorithm in some aspects resembles the suffix array construction by Kärkkäinen and Sanders (J. ACM, 2006).

WADS 2015:386-397
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