[nycphp-talk] Advanced Search Techniques

Mark Armendariz nyphp at
Fri Apr 11 15:06:38 EDT 2003

I had never heard of this.  Very interesting.. muchos thanks for the

-----Original Message-----
From: Chris Shiflett [mailto:shiflett at] 
Sent: Friday, April 11, 2003 2:32 PM
To: NYPHP Talk
Subject: Re: [nycphp-talk] Advanced Search Techniques

--- 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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