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In a system that accepts a given search entity from a user and utilizes a database to identify a possible matching entity from a large list of entries, a method is provided for evaluating the reliability of the matching entity. Preferably, the method is carried out with minimal human intervention. A user inputs a plurality of attributes to identify a given entity, the system identifies a possible matching entity, and assigns a numerical grade to reflect the match quality of each attribute. Thereafter, the method assigns a grade to each attribute score, assembles the grades into a key, uses the key to address a memory, and retrieves a confidence code or quality indicator from the memory. The confidence codes are based on empirical information and reflect the overall quality of the match for the particular entity.

Title
Method for rating a match for a given entity found in a list of entities
Application Number
8/491743
Publication Number
5659731
Application Date
June 19, 1995
Publication Date
August 19, 1997
Inventor
Eric S Gustafson
Macungie
PA, US
Agent
Leydig Voit & Mayer
Assignee
Dun & Bradstreet
NJ, US
IPC
G06F 7/06
G06F 17/30
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