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PHP MySQL Full Text Search: Perform full text search on MySQL with autocorrect

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This class can perform full text searches on MySQL with auto-correct.

It takes a given keyword and performs a SQL query on a given MySQL database table field using full text search matching.

If the search returns no results, the class may fallback to pattern searching.

The class may optionally perform auto-correction of the search keyword using Felipe Ribeiro spell corrector class.

The class can also alter the MySQL table to add a full text search index to the field to be search. If necessary it may alter the table type to MyISAM in case the current table type does not support full text searching.

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Full text search is a way to perform searches on a database table text field providing results with a given matching accuracy level.

This class can help setting up MySQL database table indexes to make them ready to perform full text searches on given fields.

It can also execute queries to perform the actual full text searches on given table fields for given search keywords. When no results are returned, it falls back performing regular pattern based search.

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What is the best PHP auto correct spelling class?
I need search class that suggests available keyword in database


<!-- this is a complete example usage of the phpsearchautocorrect class
To run this example, import the test.sql database to you mysql server
if you have any problem using this class please do not hesitate to email me @
and please dont forget to rate this class if it proves usefull to you

<form action="<?php echo $_SERVER['PHP_SELF']; ?>" method="GET" />
<input type="text" name="search" />
<select name="time" />
<!-- maintain the values of the time select options -->
<option value="past24" >Past 24 hours </option>
<option value="pastweek" >Past Week </option>
<option value="pastmonth" >Past Month </option>
<option value="pastyear" >Past Year </option>
<option value="anytime" >Any Time </option>
<input type="submit" value="Search" />


/**for the spellcorrector to work correctly, go here to download the dictionary files. make sure you extract into the same directory as the class**/

$fulltext=new fulltextsearch();

//if you wan to integrate this with php bootstrap pagination you can download the class here , use this to supply total record to the pagin class $fulltext->total_record
//provide data for database connection


//specify the table name that you want to perrform a search on


// specify the column name of the table you want to perform the search on


//switch on auto correct if your the search string is goin to be an english word . use $fulltext->autocorrect=1 to enable auto correct and $fulltext->autocorrect=0 to set autocorrect off

/**make sure the column name for date is int(8) i.e integer of eight character long
if you want a date based search then use this
for the date search to work, you must create a column for date and write the datecolumn here
when inserting a value into the date column make sure you date value should be equals to date("Ymd") for the date based search to work properly
in this case , my date column name is 'date' **/

//you need to call this function only the first time you run the script, the function converts the table to supported format for the search and it also add a fulltext index to the table


//get search keyword


/**for a timebased result use $fulltext->dates=$_GET['time'];
you dont need to specify date if you dont want a timebased search **/

//this is needed if you need to break result into chunks ...specify the starting point


//specify the number of records you wish to display per page
//download my bootstrap pagin class to make it easier to paginate result. supply the pagination class with this $fulltext->total_record for the total record


//check if operation successfull
//foreach($row as $rr){

//loop through result

'Search result: '.$row[1].'<br><br>';

//to show how the what the search string is corrected to echo $fulltext->correctedto;

echo 'Searched For:'.$_GET['search'].'<br>Corrected to: '.$fulltext->correctedto;

//check if result is found


'no result found';



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Accessible without login Plain text file example.php Example Example Usage
Plain text file fulltextsearch.php Class Main Class
Plain text file SpellCorrector.php Class Spellcorrector class
Accessible without login Plain text file test.sql Test test sql

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Thats a very good and useful class ;-)
9 years ago (Josť Filipe Lopes Santos)