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Date:         Wed, 9 May 2001 10:31:47 +0200
Reply-To:     CAFO <cafo@INT.TELE.DK>
Sender:       "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         CAFO <cafo@INT.TELE.DK>
Organization: Posted through some European Outpost of TDC Internet A/S
Subject:      PROC MATCH

Hi ,

In version 8.2 of SAS a new procedure, PROC MATCH, have been included. The procedure by default returns af character value through the option MATCHCODE=. Can this value be interpreted ? If values are equal a perfect match have been found, but if three rows look like:

Firstname Surname Match_cd 1 Allan Baad ABC 2 Alan Baad AB9 3 John Gold 6YK

can you then from then Match_cd-variable interpret, that row 1 and 2 are almost similar and that they don't at all match row 3 ?

What algorithm gives you a measure of similarity from the Match_cd-variable ?

/ Carsten


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