Date of Graduation


Document Type


Degree Type



Statler College of Engineering and Mineral Resources


Lane Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

Committee Chair

Donald A Adjeroh


A parameterized string (p-string) T = T[1] T[2]...T[n] is a sophisticated string of length n composed of symbols from a constant alphabet Sigma and a parameter alphabet pi. Given a pair of p-strings S and T, the parameterized pattern matching (p-match) problem is to verify whether the individual constant symbols match and whether there exists a bijection between the parameter symbols of S and T. If the two conditions are met, S is said to be a p-match of T. A significant breakthrough in the p-match area is the prev encoding, which is proven to identify a p-match between S and T if and only if prev(S) == prev(T). In order to utilize suffix data structures in terms of p-matching, we must account for the dynamic nature of the parameterized suffixes (p-suffixes) of T, namely prev(T[ i...n]) ∀ i, 1 ≤ i ≤ n.;In this work, we propose transformative approaches to the direct parameterized suffix sorting (p-suffix sorting) problem by generating and sorting lexicographically numeric fingerprints and arithmetic codes that correspond to individual p-suffixes. Our algorithm to p-suffix sort via fingerprints is the first theoretical linear time algorithm for p-suffix sorting for non-binary parameter alphabets, which assumes that each code is represented by a practical integer. We eliminate the key problems of fingerprints by introducing an algorithm that exploits the ordering of arithmetic codes to sort p-suffixes in linear time on average.;The longest previous factor (LPF) problem is defined for traditional strings exclusively from the constant alphabet Sigma. We generalize the LPF problem to the parameterized longest previous factor (pLPF) problem defined for p-strings. Subsequently, we present a linear time solution to construct the pLPF array. Given our pLPF algorithm, we show how to construct the pLCP (parameterized longest common prefix) array in linear time. Our algorithm is further exploited to construct the standard LPF and LCP arrays all in linear time.;We then study the structural string (s-string), a variant of the p-string that extends the p-string alphabets to include complementary parameters that correspond to one another. The s-string problem involves the new encoding schemes sencode and compl in order to identify a structural match (s-match). Current s-match solutions use a structural suffix tree (s-suffix tree) to study structural matches in RNA sequences. We introduce the suffix array, LCP, and LPF data structures for the s-string encoding schemes. Using our new data structures, we identify the first suffix array solution to the s-match problem. Our algorithms and data structures are shown to apply to s-strings and also p-strings and traditional strings.