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The Importance of Japanese Readings in Search and More
Japanese is unusual in that a word and its pronunciation are both valid keyword searches. Imagine if you could search in English on “Seezer Salad Resipi” and get recipes for “Caesar salad.” In Japanese you can, because it is written with Chinese ideographs, called kanji, and two phonetic alphabets. The two alphabets (hiragana and katakana) […]Read more
What’s New in Highlight 7.2
This latest version of Highlight has significant enhancements for government linguists and translators that use this Microsoft Office plug-in to translate and standardize names between English and non-Latin languages—Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Pashto, and Russian.Read more
An Elegant and Efficient Way to Fuzzy Search Names in Elasticsearch
Elasticsearch developers who want to fuzzy search names across multiple fields and cover the spectrum of name variations (sometimes two or more in a single name), know how much of a bear it can be. Until now, the solution has not been completely satisfactory, comprehensive, nor clean, but that’s all about to change.Read more
Could Better Name Matching Have Prevented the Boston Marathon Bombings?
Whitepaper – Making the Most of Intelligence: The Importance of Name Matching in Identity Resolution in Government In the Federal Government, making the right connections among field intelligence, open source media, and watchlist systems often comes down to matching names. The consequences of a missed match or a false match range from minor embarrassment to […]Read more
Can you rely on the Treasury Department’s Sanctions List Search?
When the United States wants to prohibit its citizens and corporations from doing business with a foreign national, that individual is added to the Specially Designated Nationals list maintained by the Office of Foreign Assets Control of the US Department of the Treasury. One person on that list is Chabaane Ben Mohamed al-Trabelsi*, a Tunisian […]Read more
Case Study: Airbnb
Airbnb puts the “unique” into travel by connecting private owners renting out a room, apartment, castle, or villa to travelers staying a night, a week, or a month. This community marketplace of accommodations spans 34,000 cities and 190 countries. More than 17 million guests have over 800,000 listings to choose from. People can book accommodations […]Read more