What's in a name?

(Aug 10, 2008)

We have already mentioned the problem of duplication in pension schemes and annuities, and as an issue we encounter frequently it is worth talking a little about some technology that can be used to counter the problem.

What we find in practice is that the unique member identifiers used within financial administration systems are all too frequently, well, not unique. We know that converting policy or benefit orientated data into individual person orientated data is vital statistically, but how can this be done reliably?

The answer is to use a combination of other data attributes present for each member to create a deduplication key around which multiple records can be merged. One common case would be to merge…

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Tags: deduplication, duplicates, metaphone

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