Re: find words that contains some specific letters

"John B. Matthews" <nospam@nospam.invalid>
Mon, 01 Jun 2009 16:31:34 -0400
In article
 Lew <> wrote:


With a HashMap<String, Set<String>> approach, the entire Set of
resultant dictionary words is indexed by the search string, so one
simple 'dictionary.get( searchTerm )' yields an entire result set

Implementing <>, your HashMap<String,
Set<String>> makes an excellent dictionary. The Map takes a little extra
time to construct, but the result is static. Once the characters of an
input word are sorted, O(n log n), the lookup is indeed O(1).

So I remain puzzled, and still need the answer.

package org.gcs.jumble;

import java.util.Arrays;
import java.util.HashMap;
import java.util.Map;
import java.util.Set;
import java.util.TreeSet;

 * Jumble.
 * @author John B. Matthews
public class Jumble {

    private static final String NAME = "/usr/share/dict/words";
    private static final Map<String, Set<String>> map =
        new HashMap<String, Set<String>>();
    static {
        try {
            File file = new File(NAME);
            BufferedReader in = new BufferedReader(
                new InputStreamReader(new FileInputStream(file)));
            String s;
            while ((s = in.readLine()) != null) {
                byte[] ba = s.getBytes();
                String sorted = new String(ba);
                Set words = map.get(sorted);
                if (words == null) {
                    words = new TreeSet<String>();
                    map.put(sorted, words);
                } else {
        } catch (IOException ex) {

    public static void main(String... args) {
        if (args.length < 1) {
        } else {
            for (String word : args) {
                System.out.println(word + ":");
                byte[] ba = word.getBytes();
                Set<String> words = map.get(new String(ba));
                if (words != null) {
                    for (String s : words) {

    private static void showHelp() {
            "Usage: java -jar Jumble.jar <word> [<word>]");

John B. Matthews
trashgod at gmail dot com

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