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Reconcile two similar but unequal entries as equivalent

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Government data from various federal, state, and local sources shows entries referring to the same company name, address, and GPS location are similar but not equal. Such as "GE" vs "General Electric" or "12 1st Street" vs "#12 First Street" etc.
I request hints or tools to successfully reconcile these to a single database entry without manually comparing many thousands of lines.
May 23 '17 #1
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The United States Postal Service has a Web-service available to validate an address. Using the Web-service, you could use it's results as a way to find similar addresses. This is something that I've wanted to do in-house for years, but it hasn't become a high enough priority with our data.

This is the link to the Web Tools API.
May 23 '17 #2

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