Simple fuzzy search algorithm similar to sublimeText
Simple fuzzy search algorithm similar to sublimeText this is a simple algorithm to give a similar result as SublimeText search feature, if you don't use sublimeText i think you should just give it a shot from here : http://www.sublimetext.com to know more about fuzzy search you should check this wiki page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuzzy_string_searching the idea is simple, when you search for a text and you can't remember only part of it or you miss some characters while typing the search should be smart enough to show you what you're searching for, so your algorithm should search for the query characters and allow any character to be followed by any other character sequence. after you get strings that contain your query the fuzzy why, you should rank them, i choose the simple one, if you found your exact query your matching pattern will be the least of them in length and if another patter has query plus one character you missed it will be the second in search, and so on. so i sorted ascending order by the matching pattern length. a smarter algorithm should check if there are 2 matching and get the best one also should check if you wrote a wrong character, and if you switched two characters and so on of the operations mentioned in wikipedia.