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Re: How to get the required names

by hawtin (Prior)
on Dec 26, 2007 at 11:53 UTC ( #659035=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to How to get the required names

As long as the "spacer" characters are not alphabetic the task is, surely, simple:

$input_str =~ s/\W+/ /g; $db_str =~ s/\W+/ /g; if(lc($input_str) eq lc($db_str)) ...

Of course in the real case you will also want to remove spaces at the start and end of the string etc.

In the production case this is a much more difficult problem since you will also want to find:

MaggieSmith Magie Smythe M Smith Marge Smith Maggie J Smith etc

In a real case good name matching is not trivial and almost always needs fuzzy matching with some combination of Soundex, known alaises and clever processing. There is stuff about this in other nodes.


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Re^2: How to get the required names
by Anonymous Monk on Dec 27, 2007 at 10:19 UTC
    Thanks a lot for all your help..

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