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Re: st: RE: Matching Names

From   "Michael Blasnik" <>
Subject   Re: st: RE: Matching Names
Date   Fri, 8 Aug 2008 11:33:02 -0400

I think you may want to check out the reclink.ado that I wrote and you
can find on SSC.  It uses a bigram string comparator to rank agreement
between strings.  reclink would be especially helpful if you have
other variables that may be useful for the match -- like gender, age
or location.   Even without such variables, you may benefit from
creating derived variables that can be added to the reclink matching
process -- including a soundex of each name (first and last) and
initials that could be used for blocking in an initial run of reclnk
to identify the better matches more quickly.

Michael Blasnik
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