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December 29, 2006

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Bruce Wallace

I have worked in years past with vendors like Identity Systems that have software to fuzzy match names of people and addresses. The counter-intuitive lesson I learned was that "dirty" data should not be converted to some canonical form, but that the dirty data should be kept to support clustering (and future re-clustering).

In my recent studying of Philosophy, I found that this was something deep and basic, and not a specific identity-management tweak. See...

http://existentialprogramming.blogspot.com/search?q=superman

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