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The Myth of Matching: Why We Need Entity Resolution
April 2009
John Talburt

I have always liked the definition of Entity Resolution put forward by the Infolab at Stanford University - “locating and merging records that refer to the same real-world entities.” The merging or record linking aspect of entity resolution has historically been equated to matching. However, matching is really a technique for de-duplicating records. De-duplicating records and entity resolution are two different things.