Compute the similarity between two entries in a field?
I need a way to compute the similarity between two entries in a field (different records, same table, same field.) I have a field called org_name, and I want to find all of the records in the same table that have a similar entry (to the current record) for this field.
Eventually, I think I would want to set up another table occurrence so I can display them in a portal... but that's later.
I'm having this problem because this is a user-inputted field, so there are a lot of standardization problems. For example,"Jefferson Elementary" "West Jefferson Elementary" "Jefferson Elementary School" "Jefferson County Elementary" won't show up as a match, even if they refer to the same school. Even more problematic are "-", "&", "and", "#", "No.", "5", "Five"... etc.
I am somewhat acquainted with the algorithms for edit distance, affine gap distance, Smith-Waterman distance... etc., but I can't see how I would implement something like that using only scripts. Does FileMaker Pro support recursion or dynamic programming techniques?
Can any of these things be done in Filemaker Pro 12? I haven't been able to find examples of other people trying to do anything similar, so I would greatly appreciate any insight at all.