vroom has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

I want to be able to search a database and return approximate matches or matches that are phonetically similar. I've run across the String::Approx module which looks like it may be useful. I need a solution that will scale well and was wondering if anyone else had any insight or experience doing something similar.
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by chromatic (Archbishop) on Dec 27, 1999 at 05:19 UTC
    One option for your phonetic needs is the Soundex module. It implements Knuth's Soundex algorithm and hashes text keys into small strings which approximate English phonetic equivalents.

    You might also want to see How do I find the Soundex value of a string?, though it isn't very informative.

Re: Approximate or Phonetic String-Matching (newer thread)
by bsb (Priest) on Jun 20, 2003 at 03:04 UTC