Interface PrefixMap<S extends CharSequence>

All Superinterfaces:
Function<CharSequence,​Long>, Function<CharSequence,​Long>, Object2LongFunction<CharSequence>, Serializable, Size64, StringMap<S>, ToLongFunction<CharSequence>
All Known Implementing Classes:
AbstractPrefixMap, ImmutableExternalPrefixMap, StringMaps.PrefixMapWrapper, StringMaps.SynchronizedPrefixMap, TernaryIntervalSearchTree

public interface PrefixMap<S extends CharSequence>
extends StringMap<S>, Size64
A map from prefixes to string intervals (and possibly vice versa).

Instances of this class provide the services of a StringMap, but by assuming the strings are lexicographically ordered, they can provide further information by exposing a function from string prefixes to intervals and a function from intervals to string prefixes.

In the first case, given a prefix, we can ask for the range of strings starting with that prefix, expressed as a LongInterval. This information is very useful to satisfy prefix queries (e.g., monitor*) with a brute-force approach.

Optionally, a prefix map may provide the opposite service: given an interval of terms, it may provide the maximum common prefix. This feature can be checked for by calling prefixMap().

Since:
2.0
Author:
Sebastiano Vigna