newb: comapring two strings

Diez B. Roggisch deets at
Fri May 19 00:59:01 CEST 2006

> Is there a clever way to see if two strings of the same length vary by
> only one character, and what the character is in both strings.
> E.g. str1=yaqtil str2=yaqtel
> they differ at str1[4] and the difference is ('i','e')
> But if there was str1=yiqtol and str2=yaqtel, I am not interested.
> can anyone suggest a simple way to do this?

Use the levenshtein distance.

> My next problem is, I have a list of 300,000+ words and I want to find
> every pair of such strings. I thought I would first sort on length of
> string, but how do I iterate through the following:
> str1
> str2
> str3
> str4
> str5
> so that I compare str1 & str2, str1 & str3, str 1 & str4, str1 & str5,
> str2 & str3, str3 & str4, str3 & str5, str4 & str5.

decorate-sort-undecorate is the idion for this

l = <list of strings>

l = [(len(w), w) for w in l]
l = [w for _, w in l]


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