Journal of Integer Sequences, Vol. 16 (2013), Article 13.2.1

Clustering Words and Interval Exchanges

Sébastien Ferenczi
CNRS -- UMI 2924
Estrada Dona Castorina 110
Rio de Janeiro, RJ 22460-32

Luca Q. Zamboni
Institut Camille Jordan
Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1
43 boulevard du 11 novembre 1918
F-69622 Villeurbanne Cedex
Department of Mathematics
and Turku Centre for Computer Science
University of Turku
20014 Turku


We characterize words which cluster under the Burrows-Wheeler transform as those words w such that ww occurs in a trajectory of an interval exchange transformation, and build examples of clustering words.

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Received April 6 2012; revised version received August 20 2012. Published in Journal of Integer Sequences, March 2 2013.

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