jwaang jwaang - 2 months ago 6
Java Question

Finding a repeated pattern in a string

How can I find a repeated pattern in a string? For example, if the input file were

AAAAAAAAA
ABABAB
ABCAB
ABAb


it would output:

A
AB
ABCAB
ABAb

Answer

This outputs what you ask for - the regex can probably be improved to avoid the loop but I can't manage to fix it...

public static void main(String[] args) {
    List<String> inputs = Arrays.asList("AAAAAAAAA", "ABABAB", "ABCAB", "ABAb");
    for (String s : inputs) System.out.println(findPattern(s));
}

private static String findPattern(String s) {
    String output = s;
    String temp;
    while (true) {
        temp = output.replaceAll("(.+)\\1", "$1");
        if (temp.equals(output)) break;
        output = temp;
    }
    return output;
}
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