Replacing repeating characters is actually an extreme form of spelling correction. In this recipe, we will take on the less extreme case of correcting minor spelling issues using Enchant—a spelling correction API.
You will need to install Enchant and a dictionary for it to use. Enchant is an offshoot of the AbiWord open source word processor, and more information on it can be found at http://www.abisource.com/projects/enchant/.
For dictionaries, Aspell is a good open source spellchecker and dictionary that can be found at http://aspell.net/.
Finally, you will need the PyEnchant library, which can be found at the following link: http://pythonhosted.org/pyenchant/
You should be able to install it with the ...