Definition: The beginning characters of a string. More formally a string v∈Σ* is a prefix of a string u∈Σ* if u=vu' for some string u'∈Σ*.
See also suffix.
Note: From Algorithms and Theory of Computation Handbook, pages 11-26 and 12-21, Copyright © 1999 by CRC Press LLC. Appearing in the Dictionary of Computer Science, Engineering and Technology, Copyright © 2000 CRC Press LLC.
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Algorithms and Theory of Computation Handbook, CRC Press LLC, 1999, "prefix", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Paul E. Black, ed., U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. 17 December 2004. (accessed TODAY) Available from: http://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/prefix.html