MySQL query, get the closest if exact not found


How do I write a query that returns the closest / best matches if exact is not found? The best implementation can be seen on that says "Did you mean _______" Now a days they have changed it and show the result for the correct keyword by default and shows "Search instead for ________" below it.

E.g. searching for:
fung shui

or any other spelling variation always results in correct one i.e. feng shui

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Jim P.Commented:
Basically you would have to build up an index table that has the correct word and the variants that are off. Then you also have have to build a probability function so if someone were to type in "italian piza seattle" that you feed back the says "Did you mean pizza, Seattle Washington?" versus "Did you mean Pisa Italy?"

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practitionerAuthor Commented:
Thanks Tomas, Soundex function is the key.

Thanks jimpen, building an index is very difficult, although soundex is the implementation I need at the moment, I would love to know the best approach to build such an index automatically, I believe Google wouldn't have done this manually because it's almost impossible.
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