The effects of standardizing names for record linkage: Evidence from the United States and Norway

Rebecca Vick, Lap Huynh

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Abstract

Standardizing name strings before searching for links is common practice during record linkage and is generally believed to increase the size and quality of linked data sets. In this article, the authors quantify the impact of name standardization on historical record linkage, using data from nineteenth-century censuses of the United States and Norway as test cases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)15-24
Number of pages10
JournalHistorical Methods
Volume44
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011

Keywords

  • Norway
  • United States
  • census
  • historical demography
  • microdata
  • record linkage

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