Probabilistic Blocking with an Application to the Syrian Conflict [chapter]

Rebecca C. Steorts, Anshumali Shrivastava
2018 Lecture Notes in Computer Science  
Entity resolution seeks to merge databases as to remove duplicate entries where unique identifiers are typically unknown. We review modern blocking approaches for entity resolution, focusing on those based upon locality sensitive hashing (LSH). First, we introduce k-means locality sensitive hashing (KLSH), which is based upon the information retrieval literature and clusters similar records into blocks using a vector-space representation and projections. Second, we introduce a subquadratic
more » ... nt of LSH to the literature, known as Densified One Permutation Hashing (DOPH). Third, we propose a weighted variant of DOPH. We illustrate each method on an application to a subset of the ongoing Syrian conflict, giving a discussion of each method.
doi:10.1007/978-3-319-99771-1_21 fatcat:l5xhlsgkc5eadpvcbknoqtbk3e