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matching misspelled names

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  • Subject: [mg100306] matching misspelled names
  • From: Jess <jesscobrien at>
  • Date: Sun, 31 May 2009 06:37:13 -0400 (EDT)


I would like to compare 2 very large lists of names to identify a
shortlist of possible matches where someone from the list A appears in
the list B.

However as English is not the local language, the most names have many
spelling alternatives. Also in different contexts, the same person is
referred to by the full name with one or more middle names and family
names or just by a smaller combination of these. I imagine comparing
lists with one or few typos is quite simple. But is there a way to do
this in Mathematica which can also handle the type of variations I've

I was thinking of arranging the names into clusters, isolating those
clusters which include a list A person, and then generating lists of
the closest matches for each cluster around a list A person. Is there
a simple way to do this or a better way?


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