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GenderFromName version 0.30 (PHP port) ================ NAME GenderFromName - Guess the gender of an American first name. SYNOPSIS require_once('genderfromname.php'); print gender("Jon"); // prints 'm' DESCRIPTION This module provides gender(), which takes a name and returns one of three values: 'm' for male, 'f' for female, or undef for unknown. INSTALLATION To install this module: Copy genderfromname.php to an accessible include directory DEPENDENCIES This module optionally requires: The doublemetaphone PECL module at http://svn.php.net/viewvc/pecl/doublemetaphone/ CHANGES This was originally a Perl module available at http://search.cpan.org/~edaly/Text-GenderFromName-0.32/GenderFromName.pm I've done a very mechanical port to PHP, so it's very non-idiomatic. Version 0.30 is a significant departure from previous versions. By default, version 0.30 uses the U.S. Social Security Administration's "Most Popular Names of the 1980's" list of 1001 male first names and 1013 female first names. See CAVEATS in the pod documentation for details on this list. Version 0.30 also allows for arbitrary female and male hashed lists to be provided at run-time, and includes several built-ins to provide matches based on exclusivity, weight, metaphones, and both version 0.20 and version 0.10 regexp-style matching. The user can also specify additional match subroutines and change the match order at run-time. AUTHOR Originally by Jon Orwant <email@example.com>, v0.30 by Eamon Daly <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Ported to PHP by Pete Warden <email@example.com> This is an adaptation of an 8/91 awk script by Scott Pakin in the December 91 issue of Computer Language Monthly. Small contributions by Andrew Langmead and John Strickler. Thanks to Bob Baldwin, Matt Bishop, Daniel Klein, and the U.S. SSA for their lists of names.