#!/usr/bin/env python
# This is a straightforward implementation of a well-known algorithm, and thus
# probably shouldn't be covered by copyright to begin with. But in case it is,
# the author (Magnus Lie Hetland) has, to the extent possible under law,
# dedicated all copyright and related and neighboring rights to this software
# to the public domain worldwide, by distributing it under the CC0 license,
# version 1.0. This software is distributed without any warranty. For more
# information, see
def levenshtein(a,b):
"Calculates the Levenshtein distance between a and b."
n, m = len(a), len(b)
if n > m:
# Make sure n <= m, to use O(min(n,m)) space
a,b = b,a
n,m = m,n
current = range(n+1)
for i in range(1,m+1):
previous, current = current, [i]+[0]*n
for j in range(1,n+1):
add, delete = previous[j]+1, current[j-1]+1
change = previous[j-1]
if a[j-1] != b[i-1]:
change = change + 1
current[j] = min(add, delete, change)
return current[n]
if __name__=="__main__":
from sys import argv
print levenshtein(argv[1],argv[2])