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Re: Search for similar strings - to standardise

by Rival (Acolyte)
on Oct 30, 2009 at 16:15 UTC ( #804191=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Search for similar strings - to standardise

For the string comparison, using the Levenshtein distance is probably your best bet. This is often used in spell-checking to suggest corrections.

For implementations, there is a Text::Levenshtein module on CPAN. But also, take a look at this node and this node.

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Re^2: Search for similar strings - to standardise
by educated_foo (Vicar) on Oct 31, 2009 at 03:33 UTC
    Edit distance would be useful for comparison, but not so much for clustering strings with their common misspellings. For that, you might try n-grams (mentioned above) or locality-sensitive hashing (basically the same thing, but with gaps).

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