KMP (Knuth-Morris-Pratt) Algorithm

KMP algorithm is a perfect example of how a mismatch can help find a match faster. This improved the time complexity from O(NM) to O(N+M)

Knuth Morris Pratt pattern searching algorithm searches for occurrences of a pattern P within a string S using the key idea that when a mismatch occurs, the pattern P has sufficient information to determine where the next potential match could begin thereby avoiding several unnecessary matching bringing the time complexity to linear.

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The algorithm was developed in 1970 by Donald Knuth and Vaughan Pratt.

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