Hamming distance is the number of positions in which two different strings are different.
So the distance between both strings would be:
- “abcde” and “abede” - 1
- “momomo” and “nonono” - 3
Implementing this would not be difficult:
def hammingDistance(s1: String, s2: String): Int = s1.zip(s2).count(c => c._1 != c._2)
Basically you zip (
scala.collection.immutable.IndexedSeq[(Char, Char)] = Vector((a,b), (b,d), (c,e))) strings together and compare corresponding characters. Simple, right?
However, the task I was working on required comparing individual bits, which are slightly more tricky to get to. I couldn’t find quickly any public snippets that do this, so I wrote my own:
To get the number of different bits of two bytes we only need to XOR them and compute how many bits are set:
0b10010101 XOR 0b01011101 = 0b11001000.
To calculate the number of bits set we just shift the XORed byte
i number of times and
AND 1 to get rid of other bits.
This method has a performance flaw as it shifts i times for each bit as opposed to shifting once per bit and relying on previous results, but oh well - it’s suitable when high performance is not necessary.
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