Fuzzy Matching

Fuzzy matching is a technique used in computer science and natural language processing to find approximate matches or similarities between two strings or sets of data. It is particularly useful when dealing with data that may contain errors, typos, or slight variations.

Fuzzy matching algorithms calculate a similarity score between two strings by considering factors such as character similarities, edit distance (the number of insertions, deletions, or substitutions required to transform one string into another), phonetic similarity, or other contextual features. These algorithms provide a measure of how closely two strings match, allowing for a degree of flexibility and tolerance for discrepancies.

Fuzzy matching is commonly used in applications like spell checkers, search engines, record linkage, and data deduplication. It enables efficient and effective comparisons between diverse datasets, reducing the impact of minor variations and increasing the chances of finding relevant matches.

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