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Spell Checker

This is a program which takes a word as input and gives possible suggestions to correct the spelling of the word, by searching them from the dictionary of words(a text file Dictionary.txt).


import java.util.*;

public class Spell
    static ArrayList<String> wordsList = new ArrayList<String>();
    public static void main(String args[]) throws IOException
        try {
            long build1 = System.currentTimeMillis();
            FileInputStream fstream = new FileInputStream("Dictionary.txt");
            BufferedReader br = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(fstream));
            String ele;
            while ((ele = br.readLine()) != null)
            long build2 = System.currentTimeMillis();
            System.out.println("Time to build data structure is:" + (build2 - build1));
        } catch (Exception e) {
            System.err.println("Error: " + e.getMessage());

        BufferedReader br1 = new BufferedReader(new InputStreamReader(;
        System.out.print("Enter the word :");
        String wd = br1.readLine();
        if (!wordsList.contains(wd)) {
            System.out.println("Do you want to add word to dictionary [y/n]: ");
            if (br1.readLine().equals("y")) {
                long add1 = System.currentTimeMillis();
                try {
                    FileWriter fstream = new FileWriter("Dictionary.txt", true);
                    BufferedWriter out = new BufferedWriter(fstream);
                    out.write("n" + wd);
                } catch (Exception e) {
                    System.err.println("Error: " + e.getMessage());
                long add2 = System.currentTimeMillis();
                System.out.println("Time to add word to data structure is:" + (add2 - add1));

    public static void possible(String word) {
        long find1 = System.currentTimeMillis();
        Set<String> result = new HashSet<String>();
        // Remove a character
        for (int i = 0; i < word.length(); ++i)
            result.add(word.substring(0, i) + word.substring(i + 1));
        // Swap two consecutive characters
        for (int i = 0; i < word.length() - 1; ++i)
            result.add(word.substring(0, i) + word.substring(i + 1, i + 2) + word.substring(i, i + 1)
                    + word.substring(i + 2));
        // Replace a character with other
        for (int i = 0; i < word.length(); ++i)
            for (char c = 'a'; c <= 'z'; ++c)
                result.add(word.substring(0, i) + String.valueOf(c) + word.substring(i + 1));
        // Add a new character
        for (int i = 0; i <= word.length(); ++i)
            for (char c = 'a'; c <= 'z'; ++c)
                result.add(word.substring(0, i) + String.valueOf(c) + word.substring(i));
        ArrayList<String> res = new ArrayList<String>(result);
        int j = 0;
        for (int i = 0; i < result.size(); i++)
            if (wordsList.contains(res.get(i))) {
                if (j == 0)
                    System.out.print("You could have typed : ");
                System.out.print(res.get(i) + " ");
        long find2 = System.currentTimeMillis();
        System.out.println("nTime to find possibilities is:" + (find2 - find1));


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