[Python-Dev] Why is soundex marked obsolete?

M.-A. Lemburg mal@lemburg.com
Sun, 14 Jan 2001 14:33:29 +0100

[Lots of talk about interesting algorithms for "human" pattern matching]

I just want to add my 2 cents to the discussion:

* Eric's package seems very useful for pattern matching, but that
  is a very specific domain -- not main stream

* I would opt to create a neat distutils style package for it
  for people to install at their own liking (I would certainly
  like it :)

* If wrapped up as a separate package, I'd suggest to add all
  known algorithms to the package and also make it Unicode
  aware. There are similar package for e.g. RNGs on Parnassus.

BTW, are there less English centric "sounds alike" matchers
around ? The NIST soundex algorithm as published on the internet:


works fine for English texts, but other languages of course
have different letter coding requirements (or even different

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