A combinatorial view on string attractors

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Abstract

The notion of string attractor has recently been introduced in [Prezza, 2017] and studied in [Kempa and Prezza, 2018] to provide a unifying framework for known dictionary-based compressors. A string attractor for a word w=w_1w_2...w_n is a subset Γ of the positions {1,2,...,n}, such that all distinct factors of w have an occurrence crossing at least one of the elements of Γ.In this paper we explore the notion of string attractor by focusing on its combinatorial properties. In particular, we show how the size of the smallest string attractor of a word varies when combinatorial operations are applied and we deduce that such a measure is not monotone. Moreover, we introduce a circular variant of the notion of string attractor to provide a characterization of the conjugacy classes of standard Sturmian words.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)236-248
Number of pages13
JournalTheoretical Computer Science
Volume850
Publication statusPublished - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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