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JavaScript implementation of the Damerau-Levenshtein edit distance algorithm
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Latest commit 8d7440a May 9, 2012 @cbaatz Clarify specification.

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Damerau-Levenshtein

This is an implementation of the optimal string alignment (restricted) version of the Damerau-Levenshtein edit distance algorithm in JavaScript (1.6). It lacks tests. It has not been optimised for speed. It calculates the minimal edit cost of turning the first string into the second (the order matters when costs are asymmetric).

Install with npm:

npm install git://github.com/cbaatz/damerau-levenshtein.git

Quick test from command line:

node -e "console.log(require('damerau-levenshtein')()('hello', 'world'));"

It supports specifying custom costs for insertions, removals, substitutions, and transpositions, either as constants or functions parameterised by the characters involved. For example:

var DL = require('damerau-levenshtein');
var distance = DL({
    insert: 1,
    remove: 0.5,
    substitute: function (from, to) {
        if (from === 'a') return 0.8;
        else return 1;
    },
    transpose: function (backward, forward) {
        if (backward === 'n') return 0.5;
        else return 1;
    }
});
console.log("A strign", "Another string", distance("A strign", "Another string"));

You can also turn off the (Damerau) transposition to get a standard Levenshtein distance:

var DL = require('damerau-levenshtein');
var distance = DL({}, false);
console.log("A strign", "Another string", distance("A strign", "Another string"));

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