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Re: Re: st: Comparing similar strings

From   Clyde B Schechter <>
To   "" <>
Subject   Re: Re: st: Comparing similar strings
Date   Fri, 17 Feb 2012 15:26:07 +0000

As an alternative  to -levenshtein-, Daniel S. might want to consider comparing names using the -egen- function soundex().  Soundex was developed about a century ago and is specifically designed to match variant spellings of name.  As such, it is a bit more sophisticated about probable types of misspellings than -levenshtein-, which is basically a distance metric on strings.

Clyde Schechter
Dept. of Family & Social Medicine
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Bronx, NY, USA


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