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Re^2: Deciding which word in an array is the closest match to a given word

by Anonymous Monk
on Sep 09, 2004 at 10:41 UTC ( #389619=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


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No, that won't work because the modules are too general. "dhc15-E" and "Sony camcoder 15-e" should be a match, but something like "dhc16-E" should not match, as that will be a camcorder of a different type. But the modules you mention won't have the knowledge what the strings mean, and will consider "dhc15-E" and "dhc16-E" quite similar - as they differ by only one character.
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Re^3: Deciding which word in an array is the closest match to a given word
by eserte (Deacon) on Sep 09, 2004 at 11:59 UTC
    This looks like you need to put some custom logic in it. From your example it looks like the substring "dhc" might be substituted with "Sony camcorder". Maybe you can try to use a number of such mappings to get a canonical form. I can also imagine that dashes and spacing may differ, so strip all non-characters before comparing.

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