Definition: An algorithm to code English words phonetically by reducing them to 16 consonant sounds. A better variant is double metaphone.
Generalization (I am a kind of ...)
phonetic coding algorithm.
See also Jaro-Winkler, Caverphone, NYSIIS, soundex, Levenshtein distance.
Andrew Binstock and John Rex. Metaphone: A Modern Soundex. Practical Algorithms For Programmers. Addison-Wesley, 1995 pages 160-169.
Gary Parker. A Better Phonetic Search. C Gazette, Vol. 5, No. 4 (June/July), 1990.
Lawrence Philips. Hanging on the Metaphone. Computer Language, Vol. 7, No. 12 (December), 1990.
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Paul E. Black, "metaphone", in Dictionary of Algorithms and Data Structures [online], Paul E. Black, ed., U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. 30 July 2007. (accessed TODAY) Available from: http://www.nist.gov/dads/HTML/metaphone.html