[Python-Dev] Why is soundex marked obsolete?
Eric S. Raymond
Sun, 14 Jan 2001 15:59:28 -0500
Tim Peters <email@example.com>:
> > Actually, I'm certain they're the same algorithm now, except the C is
> > showing through in ratcliff to the floating-point eye <wink>.
> > Take a look:
> Yup, same thing, except:
> > static float ratcliff(char *s1, char *s2)
> accounts for the numeric differences (change "float"->"double" and they'd be
> the same; Python has to convert it to a double anyway, lacking any internal
> support for C's floats; and the C code is *computing* in double regardless,
> cutting it back to a float upon return just because of the "float" decl).
OK, so the right answer is to make your version visible and documented
in the library.
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