dan goldberg -
October 05, 2008
The Texas A&M geocoder has been upgraded to perform Soundex feature matching to help in the cases where the input data or the reference data are not spelled exactly correct. This will improve the match rates on these cases, but may also lead to false positives when the Soundex matcher erroneously matches something it shouldn't. The output of the geocoder will report if the match was an exact match, a substring match, or a Soundex match. This implementation is still in the alpha version, so results may vary. Use or don't use at your discretion.
The reference databases are currently being upgraded with a Soundex index. While this is taking place, geocoding queries will be slow. This should be concluded by midnight tonight after which time the geocoder should be back to normal speed.
As always, let us know if you have any problems or need any help.
10-06-2008 - Update - The indexes have been created. Geocoding should be back to normal speed. If you encounter any particularly slow geocodes, please let us know so we can investigate.