## Longest Common Subsequence (LCS)

The longest common subsequence (LCS) problem is to find the longest subsequence common to all sequences in a set of sequences (often just two).

First we look into only finding the length of LCS. We can easily construct an exponential time recursive algorithm to compute the length of the LCS. But using Dynamic Programming (DP) to compute the solution bottom up the same job can be done in O(mn) time where m and n are the lengths of the subsequences. Here is a C++ code to do so. Note that the code also uses very less space.

int LCS(string X,string Y) { if (Y.length() > X.length()) swap(X,Y); int m = X.length(),n=Y.length(); vector< vector<int> > c(2, vector<int>(n+1,0)); int i,j; for (i=1;i<=m;i++) { for (j=1;j<=n;j++) { if (X[i-1]==Y[j-1]) c[1][j]=c[0][j-1]+1; else c[1][j]=max(c[1][j-1],c[0][j]); } for (j=1;j<=n;j++) c[0][j]=c[1][j]; } return (c[1][n]); }

If we also wish to print the subsequence we use a space of size m x n to get the LCS. Here’s the code

string X,Y; vector< vector<int> > c(101, vector<int>(101,0)); int m,n,ctr; void LCS() { m = X.length(),n=Y.length(); int i,j; for (i=0;i<=m;i++) for (j=0;j<=n;j++) c[i][j]=0; for (i=1;i<=m;i++) for (j=1;j<=n;j++) { if (X[i-1]==Y[j-1]) c[i][j]=c[i-1][j-1]+1; else c[i][j]=max(c[i][j-1],c[i-1][j]); } } void printLCS(int i,int j) { if (i==0 || j==0) return; if (X[i-1]==Y[j-1]) { printLCS(i-1,j-1); cout<<X[i-1]; } else if (c[i][j]==c[i-1][j]) printLCS(i-1,j); else printLCS(i,j-1); } int main() { while(cin>>X>>Y) { LCS(); printLCS(m,n); cout<<endl ; } }

This post is a prequel to posts on similar topics that i wish to write.

NJOY

-fR0D

Can you find all LCS?

I mean if there are some long strings.

How to return the number of all the longest strings.

bobiMarch 4, 2010 at 5:38 PM

If you want number of distinct LCS you can see this :

Number of Distinct LCS « COME ON CODE ON http://bit.ly/9DO2vD

fR0DDYMarch 8, 2010 at 10:29 PM

thank u so much for this set of codes.

deepikaApril 6, 2011 at 8:22 PM

Hi,

I was testing this code with the inputs:

X = CABC

Y = BCAB

and it printed the wrong sequence. It printed ABC. Do you know why this happened and how to fix it??? Thanks!

MMay 20, 2011 at 5:43 AM

Hi,

Yes there was a bug in the program. I have corrected it now.

fR0DDYMay 20, 2011 at 10:05 AM

I’d recommend losing those global variables… not the best way of going about things. It’s easy for a small program like this.

Rishi BNovember 1, 2011 at 3:27 AM

how to write a simpler code .. i don’t know about template .. plz help me

yogeshNovember 27, 2011 at 8:50 PM

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divyanshu kumarApril 5, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Practice. Learn. Practice.

fR0DDYApril 6, 2012 at 10:32 PM

I don’t know more about lcs algorithm.But i’m asking,how to implement lcs algorithm under OpenMp API.If you have some code.publish it.

nishant kumarAugust 13, 2012 at 2:44 AM

How to use this code for substrings? Example for minimal substrings of length 3: ABBBCDE and ACCDDBBB returns BBB !

johnnyMay 2, 2012 at 5:27 PM

I meant how to get indexes of the substring in first string which is the same as the substring in other string..

Example : AAAABBBCCC and BBBCCCTTTT . REsult : 4 6 , 0 2 (BBB) and 7 9, 3 5 (CCC) ?

johnnyMay 2, 2012 at 6:44 PM

This is completely different question. But it can be solved in linear time using suffix trees. May be I will write a post about it sometime.

fR0DDYMay 7, 2012 at 8:41 PM

can you help me to do it? suffix tree? What is that? I use it for large inputs and **L is unusable…

johnnyMay 7, 2012 at 8:43 PM

http://pastebin.com/bnWSxFXj i have suffix tree, and i need to change it just like i m described above.. Can you help me?

johnnyMay 8, 2012 at 1:10 AM

You are directly printing the LCS. What if i need to store the LCS in a variable? I tried a few modifications but wasn’t able to do it..

MagnumJune 13, 2012 at 2:02 PM

When there is 3 or more string how can i compute LCS..Can you help me to do that ????thanks in advance ..

ioiJuly 22, 2012 at 6:15 PM

this code is not displaying output can u give exact code both to find optimal value, solution of lcs

vgsNovember 10, 2012 at 12:30 AM

if size of input sequences are of order 10^5 then 2-D array will not be created and method fails ..then what to do,,,and also is there any algo faster than this????

raunak talwarMarch 3, 2013 at 3:55 AM

1:the quick brown fox

2:the fast brown dogs

Does not print any sequence though the length of LCS is 12

FarhadMarch 4, 2014 at 11:01 AM

nice 😀

bankzxcvApril 27, 2015 at 7:51 AM

plz man, could you plz tell me how to run it? even with #include it doesnt want to compile… tonns of errors=\ could u plz tell how to compile it?

amphybyJune 5, 2015 at 12:54 AM

input:

asdadfdfdgfdgsgh

adfdfdgfderwtsdffdgfg

output:

addfdfdfdgg

it’s still not working

amphybyJune 5, 2015 at 3:35 AM