Definition: An algorithm to code English names phonetically.

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

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

Note: The first Caverphone algorithm is similar to metaphone, but customized for the Caversham data set (names and accents in the southern part of Dunedin, New Zealand in 1893-1938). The updated algorithm, 2.0, is a "general purpose English phonetic matching system".

Author: PEB

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Paul E. Black, "Caverphone", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Vreda Pieterse and Paul E. Black, eds. 24 August 2017. (accessed TODAY) Available from: