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


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More information

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

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Paul E. Black, "NYSIIS", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Paul E. Black, ed. 4 October 2021. (accessed TODAY) Available from: