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November 28, 2005, 8:33 pm
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I'm working on and I'm not getting much of a response elsewhere.
Perhaps someone here has tackled the same problem.
Basically, I'm looking for an open-source list (preferably a MySQL
file) that lists given names and alternate names such that if you
searched on a name such as Robert, you could retrieve all the common
alternatives (Rob, Robbie, Bob, etc.)
I've got a search algorithm that works pretty well using levenshtein
and soundex -- this would enhance it.
I've Googled this up and down, and while I've come up with a lot of
name lists (and a post by someone somewhere else in usenet making this
same request), I haven't found a list like this.
Any help welcome.