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Name Pursing Algorithm

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by Sata Hackenbruck

This paper presents name pursing algorithm that can be used to split a long character string into meaningful columns.

The researchers were presented with datasets that contained a person's full name in one long character field. However, since this was a primary matching field, the name needed to be split into a first name, last name, middle initial, etc. To do this, the researchers developed a name pursing algorithm which helped split the long character field into meaningful columns. The specific example uses a patient name string to try to figure out the last name, first name, middle name, and many things in between that need to be cleaned.

Example datasets:

Presented at a State of Oregon SAS Users Group meeting.

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