<algorithm, text> An algorithm for encoding a word so that similar
sounding words encode the same. It's similar to soundex in purpose, but as it
knows the basic rules of English pronunciation it's more accurate. The higher
accuracy doesn't come free, though, metaphone requires more computational power
as well as more storage capacity, but neither of these requirements are usually
prohibitive. It is in the public domain so it can be freely implemented.
Metaphone was developed by Lawrence Philips
<[email protected]>. It is described in ["Practical Algorithms for
Programmers", Binstock & Rex, Addison Wesley, 1995].
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