The Normalized Edit Distance with Uniform Operation Costs is a Metric

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Abstract

We prove that the normalized (Levenshtein) edit distance proposed in [Marzal and Vidal 1993] is a metric when the cost of all the edit operations are the same. This closes a long standing gap in the literature where several authors noted that this distance does not satisfy the triangle inequality in the general case, and that it was not known whether it is satisfied in the uniform case where all the edit costs are equal.
Original languageEnglish
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2022

Keywords

  • Computer Science - Formal Languages and Automata Theory

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