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Last Updated: February 25, 2016
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Fast and working Levenshtein algorithm in JavaScript

We use this in our HTML5 projects for an implementation of the Levenshtein algorithm.

function levenshtein(a, b) {
  if(a.length === 0) return b.length;
  if(b.length === 0) return a.length;

  var matrix = [];

  // increment along the first column of each row
  var i;
  for(i = 0; i <= b.length; i++){
    matrix[i] = [i];
  }

  // increment each column in the first row
  var j;
  for(j = 0; j <= a.length; j++){
    matrix[0][j] = j;
  }

  // Fill in the rest of the matrix
  for(i = 1; i <= b.length; i++){
    for(j = 1; j <= a.length; j++){
      if(b.charAt(i-1) == a.charAt(j-1)){
        matrix[i][j] = matrix[i-1][j-1];
      } else {
        matrix[i][j] = Math.min(matrix[i-1][j-1] + 1, // substitution
                                Math.min(matrix[i][j-1] + 1, // insertion
                                         matrix[i-1][j] + 1)); // deletion
      }
    }
  }

  return matrix[b.length][a.length];
}

It works geat and it's fast.
Happy coding!

source: https://gist.github.com/andrei-m/982927

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