After uploading the Levenshtein Edit Distance tool, several readers asked if I could incorporate a version to account for the Hamming Distance (HMD). Some even asked if could clarify the difference between the two.

I’m not sure if I can find time for the former, but many scripts are already online for computing Hamming Distances. One only needs to write few lines of code to compare the number of different characters between strings of same length. This is the Hamming Distance.

Here is a nice exercise:

Compute LED and HMD for derivatives of “ELVIS”. Cluster results by LED and HMD values.