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JAROWINKLER: Stata module to calculate the Jaro-Winkler distance between strings


  • James Feigenbaum

    () (Harvard University)


jarowinkler calculates the distance between two string variables using the Jaro-Winkler distance metric. The distance metric is often used in record linkage to compare first or last names in different sources.

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  • James Feigenbaum, 2014. "JAROWINKLER: Stata module to calculate the Jaro-Winkler distance between strings," Statistical Software Components S457850, Boston College Department of Economics, revised 13 Oct 2016.
  • Handle: RePEc:boc:bocode:s457850a
    Note: This module should be installed from within Stata by typing "ssc install jarowinkler". Windows users should not attempt to download these files with a web browser.

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    string; comparisons; string distance; Jaro-Winkler;


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