A word y is said to be a "factor" of a word w if there exist possibly empty words x, z such that w = xyz. For example, "art" is a factor of "Sparta".

Caution should be exercised, since what in Europe is called "factor" is often called "subword" in North America. See, for example, the entry for subword complexity.

-- JeffreyShallit - 13 Jul 2011

Topic revision: r1 - 2011-07-13 - JeffreyShallit
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