NameAPI is a web API
to handle people's names
in your software.

News

28.04.2016

Version 5 release candidate is online

This is the time to test your installations.


14.03.2016

Faster server failure detection

When one server is on strike, it is removed from the pool instantly.


17.02.2016

Faster trash email domain detection

New domains are caught as soon as they appear.


09.02.2016

Version 5 preview is online

Test the new REST API, give early feedback.


10.11.2015

Announcing Version 5

The next major version will bring a brand new REST API.


Name Matcher

The person matcher compares the data sets of two people and computes scores of similarity and differences on multiple levels, including names.

 
   
 
  Examples by culture:
Examples:

 

The matcher compares the data items that are handed over, including the name, gender, age.

There are various reasons why two name pairs are not precise matches, yet stand for the same person:

  • one name is incomplete (only one of two surnames written)
  • a given name is abbreviated or missing
  • a nickname is used instead of the official given name
  • a title or qualifier is added
  • another alphabet is used such as Cyrillic, or non-English extra characters are missing
  • one contains a spelling mistake (various reasons, see Name Validator)

The name matcher computes a myriad of numbers to come to a result of telling whether two name pairs likely or possibly belong to the same person:

  • name variants
  • nick names
  • variant transcriptions
  • chance of mistyping
  • phonetic distance
  • simple string difference (Levenshtein, Damerau algorithm)

 

Applications

  • Tracing duplicates
  • Prevent duplicates
  • Filter and sort a search list by relevance