# editDistanceSearcher

## Description

An edit distance searcher performs a nearest neighborhood search in a list of known strings, using edit distance.

## Creation

### Syntax

### Description

creates an edit distance searcher and sets the `eds`

= editDistanceSearcher(`vocabulary`

,`maxDist`

)`Vocabulary`

and `MaximumDistance`

properties. The returned object searches the words in
`vocabulary`

and with maximum edit distance
`maxDist`

.

specifies additional options using one or more name-value pair arguments.`eds`

= editDistanceSearcher(`vocabulary`

,`maxDist`

,`Name,Value`

)

## Properties

`Vocabulary`

— Words to compare against

string vector | character vector | cell array of character vectors

Words to compare against, specified as a string vector, character vector, or a cell array of character vectors.

**Data Types: **`char`

| `string`

| `cell`

`MaximumDistance`

— Maximum edit distance

positive scalar

Maximum edit distance, specified as a positive scalar.

**Data Types: **`single`

| `double`

| `int8`

| `int16`

| `int32`

| `int64`

| `uint8`

| `uint16`

| `uint32`

| `uint64`

`InsertCost`

— Cost to insert grapheme

1 (default) | nonnegative scalar | function handle

Cost to insert grapheme, specified as a nonnegative scalar or a function handle.

If `InsertCost`

is a function handle, then the function must accept
a single input and return the cost of inserting the input to the source. The cost
function must have the form `cost = func(grapheme)`

, where the function
returns the cost of inserting `grapheme`

into the source string.

If you specify a custom cost function, then the searcher perform exhaustive searching. For large vocabularies, the functions `knnsearch`

and `rangesearch`

can take a long time to find matches.

**Data Types: **`single`

| `double`

| `int8`

| `int16`

| `int32`

| `int64`

| `uint8`

| `uint16`

| `uint32`

| `uint64`

| `function_handle`

`DeleteCost`

— Cost to delete grapheme

1 (default) | nonnegative scalar | function handle

Cost to delete grapheme, specified as a nonnegative scalar or a function handle.

If `DeleteCost`

is a function handle, then the function must accept
a single input and return the cost of deleting the input from the source. The cost
function must have the form `cost = func(grapheme)`

, where the function
returns the cost of deleting `grapheme`

from the source string.

If you specify a custom cost function, then the searcher perform exhaustive searching. For large vocabularies, the functions `knnsearch`

and `rangesearch`

can take a long time to find matches.

**Data Types: **`single`

| `double`

| `int8`

| `int16`

| `int32`

| `int64`

| `uint8`

| `uint16`

| `uint32`

| `uint64`

| `function_handle`

`SubstituteCost`

— Cost to substitute grapheme

1 (default) | nonnegative scalar | function handle

Cost to substitute grapheme, specified as a nonnegative scalar or a function handle.

If `SubstituteCost`

is a function handle, then the function must
accept exactly two inputs and return the cost of substituting the first input to the
second in the source. The cost function must have the form ```
cost =
func(grapheme1,grapheme2)
```

, where the function returns the cost of
substituting `grapheme1`

with `grapheme2`

in the
source.

If you specify a custom cost function, then the searcher perform exhaustive searching. For large vocabularies, the functions `knnsearch`

and `rangesearch`

can take a long time to find matches.

**Data Types: **`single`

| `double`

| `int8`

| `int16`

| `int32`

| `int64`

| `uint8`

| `uint16`

| `uint32`

| `uint64`

| `function_handle`

`SwapCost`

— Cost to swap adjacent graphemes

`Inf`

(default) | nonnegative scalar | function handle

Cost to swap adjacent graphemes, specified as a nonnegative scalar or a function handle.

If `SwapCost`

is a function handle, then the function must accept
exactly two inputs and return the cost of swapping the first input with the second in
the source. The cost function must have the form ```
cost =
func(grapheme1,grapheme2)
```

, where the function returns the cost of swapping
the adjacent graphemes `grapheme1`

and `grapheme2`

in
the source.

`knnsearch`

and `rangesearch`

can take a long time to find matches.

**Data Types: **`single`

| `double`

| `int8`

| `int16`

| `int32`

| `int64`

| `uint8`

| `uint16`

| `uint32`

| `uint64`

| `function_handle`

## Object Functions

`rangesearch` | Find nearest neighbors by edit distance range |

`knnsearch` | Find nearest neighbors by edit distance |

## Examples

### Create Edit Distance Searcher

Create an edit distance searcher with a maximum edit distance 3 from the words `"MathWorks"`

, `"MATLAB"`

, and `"Analytics"`

.

vocabulary = ["MathWorks" "MATLAB" "Analytics"]; eds = editDistanceSearcher(vocabulary,3)

eds = editDistanceSearcher with properties: Vocabulary: ["MathWorks" "MATLAB" "Analytics"] MaximumDistance: 3 InsertCost: 1 DeleteCost: 1 SubstituteCost: 1 SwapCost: Inf

### Create Damerau-Levenshtein Edit Distance Searcher

Create an edit distance searcher using the Damerau-Levenshtein edit distance. The Damerau-Levenshtein edit distance is the lowest number of insertions, deletions, substitutions, and swaps.

Create the edit distance searcher from the words `"MathWorks"`

, `"MATLAB"`

, and `"Analytics"`

and specify a maximum distance of 3. To specify the Damerau-Levenshtein edit distance, set `'SwapCost'`

to 1.

vocabulary = ["MathWorks" "MATLAB" "Analytics"]; eds = editDistanceSearcher(vocabulary,3,'SwapCost',1)

eds = editDistanceSearcher with properties: Vocabulary: ["MathWorks" "MATLAB" "Analytics"] MaximumDistance: 3 InsertCost: 1 DeleteCost: 1 SubstituteCost: 1 SwapCost: 1

### Find Nearest Words

Create an edit distance searcher.

vocabulary = ["Text" "Analytics" "Toolbox"]; eds = editDistanceSearcher(vocabulary,2);

Find the nearest words to `"Test"`

and `"Analysis"`

.

words = ["Test" "Analysis"]; idx = knnsearch(eds,words)

`idx = `*2×1*
1
2

Get the words from the vocabulary using the returned indices.

nearestWords = eds.Vocabulary(idx)

`nearestWords = `*1x2 string*
"Text" "Analytics"

### Find Nearest Neighbors in Range

Create an edit distance searcher and specify a maximum edit distance of 3.

vocabulary = ["MathWorks" "MATLAB" "Simulink" "text" "analytics" "analysis"]; maxDist = 3; eds = editDistanceSearcher(vocabulary,maxDist);

Find the nearest words to `"test"`

, `"analytic"`

, and `"analyze"`

with edit distance less than or equal to 1.

words = ["test" "analytic" "analyze"]; maxDist = 1; idx = rangesearch(eds,words,maxDist)

`idx=`*3×1 cell array*
{[ 4]}
{[ 5]}
{1x0 double}

For `"analyze"`

, there are no words in the searcher within the specified range. For `"test"`

and `"analytic"`

, there is one result each. View the corresponding word for `"test"`

using the returned index.

nearestWords = eds.Vocabulary(idx{2})

nearestWords = "analytics"

Find the nearest words to `"test"`

, `"analytic"`

, and `"analyze"`

with edit distance less than or equal to 3 and their corresponding edit distances.

words = ["test" "analytic" "analyze"]; maxDist = 3; [idx,d] = rangesearch(eds,words,maxDist)

`idx=`*3×1 cell array*
{[ 4]}
{[5 6]}
{[ 6]}

`d=`*3×1 cell array*
{[ 1]}
{[1 2]}
{[ 3]}

For both `"test"`

and `"analyze"`

, there is one word in the searcher within the specified range. For `"analytic"`

, there are two results. View the corresponding words for `"analytic"`

(the second word) using the returned indices and their edit distances.

i = 2; nearestWords = eds.Vocabulary(idx{i})

`nearestWords = `*1x2 string*
"analytics" "analysis"

d{i}

`ans = `*1×2*
1 2

## Algorithms

### Edit Distance

The function, by default, uses the Levenshtein distance: the lowest number of insertions, deletions, and substitutions required to convert one string to another.

For other commonly used edit distances, use these options:

Distance | Description | Options |
---|---|---|

Levenshtein (default) | lowest number of insertions, deletions, and substitutions | Default |

Damerau-Levenshtein | lowest number of insertions, deletions, substitutions, and swaps | `'SwapCost',1` |

Hamming | lowest number of substitutions only | `'InsertCost',Inf,'DeleteCost',Inf` |

## Version History

**Introduced in R2019a**

## See Also

`correctSpelling`

| `editDistance`

| `knnsearch`

| `rangesearch`

| `splitGraphemes`

| `tokenizedDocument`

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