Soundex matching - Soundex Matching Motes Notes 4/11/2011...

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1 Soundex Matching Mote’s Notes 4/11/2011 Here's an ugly little secret: “People can't spell.” Quick now, how do you spell my name? Is it Moat, or Mote or Moht? Or, maybe it has a silent P like Pflugerville: Pmote. If you can't spell a name, then how can you ever look it up? The U.S. Census Bureau is required by law to “accurately” count the number of Americans living in each location. They are required to do this every ten years. Each Congressman is supposed to represent the same number of citizens (i.e., the House has proportional representation). The Congressman for West Austin is supposed to represent the same number of people as the Congressman from Western Idaho. Congressional district boundaries must be re-drawn every ten years based on the population figures provided by the Census Bureau. Areas that are gaining in population get more Congressmen and areas that are losing population get fewer Congressmen. OK, what does this have to do with our general inability to spell? The United States experienced a significant population explosion in the 1800s due to immigration, particularly from Western Europe. Many of the new citizens (like my ancestors) came from relatively poor, uneducated backgrounds. Many of them could not spell (at least in English).
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This note was uploaded on 05/26/2011 for the course MIS 325 taught by Professor Mote during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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