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Matching string in Mathematica

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  • Subject: [mg83414] Matching string in Mathematica
  • From: "Coleman, Mark" <Mark.Coleman at LibertyMutual.com>
  • Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2007 03:44:13 -0500 (EST)

Greetings

I've got a large-sized file with a list of names (a couple of million
records). I'd like to organize this data by individual name, so that I
can perform a variety of statistical analyses for any given name a user
may input. The problem, naturally, is that these names were drawn from a
database where the name field was free-form text. Thus the same
underlying name can have many different permutations of spelling,
punctuation, abbreviation, etc.

Given the powerful string processing features, it seems Mathematica v6 might be
a good choice for cleaning up this data. I'm wondering if anyone on
MathGroup has used successfully used Mathematica in this context?

Thanks,

-Mark



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