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More settings for SmartMatch wanted online
Leif Carsten Sommerdal
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I wonder what the base for matching is. In the attached picture you can see a match with 70% reliability. The only match is Gender and Last Name (and perhaps No Spouses and No Children). The Birth and Death  Dates are far apart.

SmartMatch Settings doesn't provide any parameters affecting the validity of a match.

I would suggest that a user could request match on: First Name (at least partially), Last Name (exact or sounding alike), Birth and Death Date ( Year or exact).

Furthermore I would suggest that it should be possible to exclude matches below a certain percentage (either fixed (80%) - or user specified)

Leif Carsten Sommerdal
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RE: More settings for SmartMatch wanted online
Eric Dalton
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There used to be a way to change the strictness of the matches, but I don't see it anymore.
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RE: More settings for SmartMatch wanted online [2]
Leif Carsten Sommerdal
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That was my observation too
Leif Carsten Sommerdal
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RE: More settings for SmartMatch wanted online [3]
Esther Weinberg
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Hi Leif and Eric, 

Thank you for writing to us.

We have not touched the algorithms of the actual matches for quite a while now.

We hope to improve the quality and strictness of the Smart Matches in the near future.

Best Regards, Esther / MyHeritage Team  

Esther Weinberg
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RE: More settings for SmartMatch wanted online [4]
qbuster
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Has there been any progress on this? It seems to me that SmartMatching has become less smart over the past few months.

As other are experiencing I am getting regular matches which have good name agreement - for example I have had several today for Samuel Rudd  but the dates are wildly off (200 years), as well as the firstnames of wife, parents and children.

I too recall having the ability to relax/tighten the Smartmatching but can't find the setting now. I was previously satisfied with the default setting but as I said, it is currently considerably time wasting.

I have a backlog of several thousand matches to which I have gradually been inroads - not much chance of making much progress with a slack matching algorhythm. 

Cheers 

 

Regards 

 

qbuster
Alrewas, Staffordshire
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RE: More settings for SmartMatch wanted online [5]
Esther Weinberg
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Hi Will, 

Thank you for writing to us.

Can you please send me a link to the match that you recieved that is 200 years off and I will look into it. 

Thanks, Esther / MyHeritage Team  

Esther Weinberg
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RE: More settings for SmartMatch wanted online [6]
qbuster
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And another - this is now three in a row. This is tghe worst of the batch!

I defy you to find ANYTHING that matches apart form a first name that begins with 'M'

This match was rated at 58% - please explain how that can be when there is no date match, no surname match, no nee match, no first name match and add to that one is a child the other is married.

 
 
Mary MARTIN (COLLISON) 
1815 - 1891
Husband: George
Children: Mary Ann, John Henry, Frederick George, Elizabeth and Ann Jane
 
 
Gladys Moreno Reyes 
Child: <Private>
qbuster
Alrewas, Staffordshire
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RE: More settings for SmartMatch wanted online [6]
qbuster
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Here's another one, just in this morning:

The only thing that is common is the surname (and that is Jones!).

Note too, the birth date is 130 years off!

Cheers

 

Will 

 

Mary Ann JONES (WHITE) width=12
1858 - 1917
Parents: Jeremiah and Ann
Siblings: Jeremiah, Emma Sarah, Elijah, John, James, Jacob and Ann
Husband: Thomas Henry
Daughter: Melinda
 
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KAYLA MAREE JONES width=12
1987
Parents:  and
Sibling: 
Child: 
qbuster
Alrewas, Staffordshire
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RE: More settings for SmartMatch wanted online [6]
qbuster
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Sadly I don't have any link to the Samuel Rudd examples as I got so frustrated with them I set the 'ignore tree' option to the sites.

However, I do have a good example that has just come in:

http://www.myheritage.com/FP/tree-matches.php?s=549683&familyTreeID=23&targetFamilyTreeID=1&targetSiteID=154607722&reviewMode=pending 

The only commonalities are the date span and the first name, Elizabeth. Nothing else matches, not surname, not married name, not husband first name, not parents, not siblings, not children etc. !

Sorry, but I have to ask why am I being sent this?

I have over 3,000 SmartMatches in over 500 matching trees. How many of those are of the quality of the above match which tells me that Elizabeth Betts (Morris) is a SmartMatch to Elizabeth Rhodes (Noffsinger) - with matches of that quality (and new ones appearing on a daily basis) I will never get through oall of the SmartMatches I have.

Has the SmartMatch algorhythm been changed recently? I just don't recall having such bad matches in the past.

Good luck on sorting this out. I will send some other examples as I come across them if you like.

Cheers

 

Will 

 

 

 

 

 

 

qbuster
Alrewas, Staffordshire
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RE: More settings for SmartMatch wanted online [7]
Esther Weinberg
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Hi Will,

Thank you very much for providing us with those examples.

I have passed them on to the head programmer of Smart Matches here at MyHeritage. He will be looking into your examples and use them to improve the Smart Matching system. 

Thanks again, Esther  

Esther Weinberg
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RE: More settings for SmartMatch wanted online [4]
Leif Carsten Sommerdal
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Hi Esther,

An improvement will be good - but user controllable parameters would be even better

Leif Carsten Sommerdal
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