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Re: Matching string in Mathematica

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  • From: dh <dh at>
  • Date: Thu, 22 Nov 2007 04:57:04 -0500 (EST)
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Hi Mark,

it is hard to advice without more specific info. But note that 

Mathematica can do RegularExpressions what is a pretty poerfull tool. 

You may use it either in the standard form as RegularExpression[...] or 

in the string pattern form.

hope this helps, Daniel

Coleman, Mark wrote:

> 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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