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From "Jan Martin Keil (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Created] (LANG-1269) Wrong name or result of StringUtils::getJaroWinklerDistance
Date Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:20:21 GMT
Jan Martin Keil created LANG-1269:

             Summary: Wrong name or result of StringUtils::getJaroWinklerDistance
                 Key: LANG-1269
             Project: Commons Lang
          Issue Type: Bug
    Affects Versions: 3.4, 3.3
            Reporter: Jan Martin Keil
            Priority: Minor

The name of the method StringUtils::getJaroWinklerDistance is misleading.
Currently for equal strings {{1}} is returned, for completely different strings {{0}} is returned.
That is a measure of similarity, not of a distance. A distance must be {{0}} for equal strings.
I read on the issues LANG-591 and LANG-944, that it was decided to have a similar name to
StringUtils::getLevenshteinDistance, but that requires also the change of the methods result.

Could you please (1) rename the method to StringUtils::getJaroWinklerSimilarity or (2) change
the method to return {{1 - currentResult}}?

First option has the disadvantage to lose the similar naming of the similar methods, second
option implies the risk to unnoticed introduce bugs in depending code. So I think it is preferable
to use the first option.

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