Maybe they could add a Levenstein distance to the name matching.
The user can then select a number of edits to be made to one name in order to match it to another, and below that threshold will consider it a variation of the same name (including a misspelling). This technique or another like it is likely already in use in Smart Match, so it would be nice to have that setting exposed on the website.
Note that in the FTB software you can tweak the sensitivity of the name matching. This would be similar.
I was viewing some smart matches on FTB yesterday and wanted to go back and check some info today, however when I click on the SM icon the search page tells me there are no matches for this name, then when I return to the tree view the SM icon has disappeared, yet I know the match exists because I was viewing it yesterday. Can you please enlighten me on what is the problem and how I can fix it.
The reason you see the Smart Match indicator but when you go to check the matches there are none is due to a lag in processing Smart Matches.
What happens is that when you type the information into your tree, we check to see if there are matches "ad-hoc" or "on the fly". If there is a match, the green icon appears to indicate we've found a preliminary match.
The actual matches usually take a few days to be processed, so if you go to check your matches right away you won't see any, but ideally you should get matches within 72 hours. (However, due to some improvements, currently there is a much longer wait time.)
For some reason I have had to "ignore" a family several times. I can understand ignoring it once for each tree you may have, but I only have two and have had to ignore it several times in each tree. I thought ignoring was supposed to permanently hide matches from that tree.
So that has differnt results than if I just ignore the tree without marking them rejected? That's what I had been doing. Also some of the matches are correct, I just want to ignore the tree because a person has fifteen trees which say the same thing, and I don't want to have to keep seeing them all. ; )
I have a Smart Match on MagnusPetersson which have a quality rate of 62%. When I look att the match the name is different in all aspects, I have birth date and place the other has not, Mine is dead the other lives, I have 4 relatives which dont match with the other. In short nothing matches so how come 62%????. Is it because the matching empty fields add up to 62%?
Thank You for the answer but there is still a problem. See attached image of the match and see that nothing is the same. So how is it possible to get 62% when it should be 0%? I still have the match untouched if your development department like to check it.
When I confirm a Smart Match is the info I am missing plugged in to my tree/person. Sometimes I have noticed I have more info and other times they have more. Do I need to copy and paste the bits I don't have in my tree or is it there right away? And how do I get the info back to my offline tree? Thanks
When you review a match it gives you the option to copy and edit details. If you do that you can take whatever info they have and add to yours. This only works for the particular match. You can't add people like that. You have to put them in manually. If you just confirm it without doing anything else, nothing will change, you will still have whatever you had before. To get in into FTB you can either add the info manually, or export to gedcom under the manage trees tab and then import it into FTB.
When you are reviewing a match, you have the person's info from the other tree on the left. You have the info from your tree on the right. It has the names, DOB, etc... Before those there is a blue tab which says "Copy and edit Details." When you click on that, it shows your information in little boxes with info you can change, delete, edit, etc...There are also little arrows to the right side of those in which you can hit which will immediately transfer their info about the person into your tree. It will also show people who are connected to that person, but you can't copy them. A lot of people want that feature(including me) but they don't have it. You do have to export the info from the online tree to the offline tree, or publish the offline tree to the online website. The two do not communicate with each other automatically.
I'm somewhat new to the site, but I've figured out most of the features. It frustrates me when something doesn't work the way I think it should, especially when the rest of it is so user-friendly. My question for you is this, WHY can't you copy relatives from a smart match? I've been printing the smart matches, returning to the tree and manually adding relatives, then waiting for them to be smart matched. Is there another way? I don't want to export and merge gedcoms because I'll lose other data. It seems a lot of people are asking for this. Any idea if they're working on it or who to contact?