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RE: st: Re: Finding "near"-matches

From   "Allan Reese (Cefas)" <>
To   <>
Subject   RE: st: Re: Finding "near"-matches
Date   Mon, 31 Oct 2005 10:33:30 -0000

Earlier versions of dBase had a fuzzy string match function which was very useful.  Our university email system in the 1980s also used fuzzy matching, so if you emailed "Alan Reese" you would get a reply on the lines, "Name not recognised, nearest matches are Allan Reese, Alan Rees".  I assume this feature was killed because it was an open door for spammers.  On the other hand, providing a fuzzy string match function in Stata could be a useful addition.

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Aaron
Sent: 28 October 2005 16:49
Subject: Re: st: Re: Finding "near"-matches

The topic gets more and more interesting. I often need to match
'fuzzily' the names from two databases that have very minor
differences. here are some examples:

Ford Co.
Ford Corporation
Ford Inc. (just an example)


XYZ Tech
XYZ Technology Inc.

Can you recommend some programs to generate a list of 'fuzzy' or
'near' matches for a name (one or more than one alphanumeric
characters)? Even if a program provides the three possible matches for
the name 'Ford', that's still better than hand-checking.


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