int similar_text(string $first, string $second[, float &$percent])
This calculates the similarity between two strings as described in Programming Classics: Implementing the World's Best Algorithms by Oliver (ISBN 0-131-00413-1). Note that this implementation does not use a stack as in Oliver's pseudo code, but recursive calls which may or may not speed up the whole process. Note also that the complexity of this algorithm is O(N**3) where N is the length of the longest string.
Returns the number of matching chars in both strings.
- string $first: The first string.
- string $second: The second string.
- float &$percent: By passing a reference as third argument, similar_text() will calculate the similarity in percent for you.