IUPUI study: Training computers to differentiate between people with the same name

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE INDIANAPOLIS — All individuals are unique, but millions of people share names. How to distinguish between — or, as it is technically known, disambiguate — people with common names and determine which John Smith or Maria Garcia or Wei Zhang or Omar Ali is a specific John Smith, Maria Garcia, Wei Zhang or Omar Ali — or even someone previously unidentified? This conundrum occurs in a wide range of environments, from the bibliographic — which Anna Hernandez authored a specific study? — to law enforcement — which Robert Jones is attempting to board an airplane flight? Two computer scientists from the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and a Purdue University doctoral student have developed a novel machine-learning method to provide better solutions to this perplexing…


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