[nycphp-talk] Advanced Search Techniques

Chris Shiflett shiflett at
Fri Apr 11 14:31:56 EDT 2003

--- Mark Armendariz <nyphp at> wrote:
> They want to eventually have something they called "fingerprint"
> searching.  The term alone meant nothing to me (beyond the obvious -
> which google agreed with).
> Basically it has something to do with using synonyms and misspellings
> and all types of other fun algorithms to find what a user is looking
> for.  Does anyone hear have any experience with such things, or maybe
> know where to look?

I'm not sure about synonyms, but support for misspelled words can typically be
achieved with the Levenshtein algorithm, and PHP supports that:

Hope that helps.


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