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This is a copy of the Python Double Metaphone algorithm, taken from http://atomboy.isa-geek.com/plone/Members/acoil/programing/double-metaphone/metaphone.py and algorithm originally by Lawrence Philips, with some bug fixes to the core algorithm, and other minor improvements. I use it on Theatricalia to do people name matching, and it appears to work quite well, e.g. http://theatricalia.com/search?q=chuck+iwugee The database stores the double metaphones for first and last names, and then upon searching simply computes the double metaphones of what has been entered and looks up anything that matches.