Definition: Convert a name to a phonetic coding of up to six characters.

Generalization (I am a kind of ...)
phonetic coding algorithm.

See also Jaro-Winkler, double metaphone, soundex, Levenshtein distance.

Author: PEB


(JavaScript) (in page source). (SPL). (Rexx) (reportedly buggy).

More information

Robert L. Taft, Name Search Techniques, New York State Identification and Intelligence System, Special Report No. 1, Albany, New York, 1970.

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Entry modified 9 March 2009.
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Paul E. Black, "NYSIIS", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Vreda Pieterse and Paul E. Black, eds. 9 March 2009. (accessed TODAY) Available from: