Re: Soundex?

Subject: Re: Soundex?
From: Kim Keegan <keegan -at- EXPLORERS -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 1997 10:15:01 -0500

My company uses the Soundex algorigthm for duplicate-detection (such as a
combination of zip/address/soundex of last name).

You can see Soundex and the algorithm defined at the Free Online Dictionary
of Computing at (scroll
down to the Soundex link and follow it).

Alexia Prendergast wrote:

> Soundex indices have been around for a long time -- the US Federal
> government has done Soundex indices for census records from 1880-1920.
> Soundex is a coding system that accounts for similarities in the
> phonetic sound of names, regardless of spelling irregularities. (If you
> do any genealogy, understanding Soundex is a must.)


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