The Data Matching Process

  • Peter Christen
Part of the Data-Centric Systems and Applications book series (DCSA)


This chapter provides an overview of the data matching process, and describes the five major steps involved in this process: data pre-processing (cleaning and standardisation), indexing, comparisons, record pair classification, and evaluation (of matching quality and of the complexity of the matching process). An example of two small database tables that contain name, address, and date of birth values is used to illustrate the tasks and challenges involved in each step of the data matching process. Part II of the book will then cover each of these five steps in more detail.


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Christen
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  1. 1.Research School of Computer ScienceThe Australian National UniversityCanberraAustralia

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