Re: [R] matching country name tables from different sources

From: Gabor Grothendieck <ggrothendieck_at_gmail.com>
Date: Wed 11 Jan 2006 - 06:43:43 EST

You can improve it somewhat by first accepting all the largest matches and removing the rows and columns for those and repeatedly doing that with what is left.

On 1/10/06, Werner Wernersen <pensterfuzzer@yahoo.de> wrote:
> Thanks for the nice code, Gabor!
>
> Unfortunately, it seems not to work for my purpose, confuses lots of
> countries when I compare two lists of over 150 countries each.
> Do you have any other suggestions?
>
>
>
> Gabor Grothendieck <ggrothendieck@gmail.com> schrieb:
> If they were the same you could use merge. To figure out
> the correspondence automatically or semiautomatically, try this:
>
> x <- c("Canada", "US", "Mexico")
> y <- c("Kanada", "United States", "Mehico")
> result <- outer(x, y, function(x,y) mapply(lcs2, x, y))
> result[] <- sapply(result, nchar)
> # try both which.max and which.min and if you are lucky
> # one of them will give unique values and that is the one to use
> # In this case which.max does.
> apply(result, 1, which.max) # 1 2 3
>
> # calculate longest common subsequence between 2 strings
> lcs2 <- function(s1,s2) {
> longest <- function(x,y) if (nchar(x) > nchar(y)) x else y
> # Make sure args are strings
> a <- as.character(s1); an <- nchar(s1)+1
> b <- as.character(s2); bn <- nchar(s2)+1
>
>
> # If one arg is an empty string, returns the length of the other
> if (nchar(a)==0) return(nchar(b))
> if (nchar(b)==0) return(nchar(a))
>
>
> # Initialize matrix for calculations
> m <- matrix("", nrow=an, ncol=bn)
>
> for (i in 2:an)
> for (j in 2:bn)
> m[i,j] <- if (substr(a,i-1,i-1)==substr(b,j-1,j-1))
> paste(m[i-1,j-1], substr(a,i-1,i-1), sep = "")
> else
> longest(m[i-1,j], m[i,j-1])
>
> # Returns the distance
> m[an,bn]
> }
>
>
>
> On 1/10/06, Werner Wernersen wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > Before I reinvent the wheel I wanted to kindly ask you for your opinion if
> there is a simple way to do it.
> >
> > I want to merge a larger number of tables from different data sources in R

> and the matching criterium are country names. The tables are of different
> size and sometimes the country names do differ slightly.
> >
> > Has anyone done this or any recommendation on what commands I should look
> at to automize this task as much as possible?
> >
> > Thanks a lot for your effort in advance.
> >
> > All the best,
> > Werner
> >
> >
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