Tool to calculate Levenshtein's distance between words. Levenshtein measures a value between 2 words in order to find words closest to another in the dictionary or in a list.

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Tool to calculate Levenshtein's distance between words. Levenshtein measures a value between 2 words in order to find words closest to another in the dictionary or in a list.

Two words are *close*, if few things separate them orthographically or phonetically. The distance between two words is greater as the number of differences between the two words is large.

__Example:__ CLOSE and CLOTHES are similar phonetically (homophone)

__Example:__ TAKE and MAKE are similar graphycally (a kind of near-homograph)

The distance from **Levenshtein** is symmetrical, the distance from STRING1 to STRING2 is equal to the distance from STRING2 to STRING1

The **Levenshtein distance** measures the similarity between two strings of characters. It is equal to the minimum number of characters to be deleted, inserted, or replaced to move from one string to another.

__Example:__ DCODE is at a distance of 2 from DECODER (1- add E and 2- add R)

__Example:__ DECODER is at a distance of 2 from DCODE (1- remove E and 2- remove R)

Calculating the distance between 2 strings of characters can make it possible to know their quantity of differences and thus also their amount of similarity. So the **Levenshtein** calculation algorithm can be used to determine typing errors or misspellings, words for which the proximity of the compared chains is strong.

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