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

News

23.02.2021

Europe under the Microscope

Recently, around 10,000 new Turkish family names have been added to our database thanks to the...


27.01.2021

An Expanding International Team

The number one rule of data is that it needs to be accurate; needless to say, we make it our top...


12.01.2021

Numbers Don't Lie

2020 was a prolific year in terms of the expansion of our database. We focused on family names and...


09.03.2020

Exceptional Times, Smart Actions

Our freelancers are working from home to ensure the quality of our Chinese, Finnish and Moldovan...


12.02.2020

New International Collaborators!

January has been a busy month at our office, as we have several new international collaborators.


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:

 

Developer: see the technical specification of the REST service.

 

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