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Tip of the Day
Language: SQL Server
Expertise: Beginner
Apr 20, 1997

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Phonetic Searches

Question:
How can I perform a phonetic search in SQL? I need to search a database of names, but exact matches won't work. Using phonetic matching, I could find a name registered as, for example, "Beeter" when searching on "Bester".

Answer:
The fastest solution for text-based searches, including phonetic searches, is to use an add-on product to your front-end application development system (the product you choose will depend on your application development system).

The best advice I can offer, short of purchasing a product designed for complex text searches, is to create your own function or external routine. Joe Celko's book "SQL for Smarties" includes a routine for performing phonetic matching (please see my Books page under Resources for more information about the book).

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