[foaf-dev] Fwd: [mySociety:public] Interesting experiment from the Sunlight Foundation

Dan Brickley danbri at danbri.org
Thu Mar 11 08:51:44 CET 2010


Interesting dataset; and also a creative take on the problems of  
disambiguating name-based references...

Dan



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> From: Stefan Magdalinski <stefan at whitelabel.org>
> Date: 11 March 2010 08:09:43 CET
> To: "mySociety public, general purpose discussion list" <developers-public at lists.mysociety.org 
> >
> Subject: Re: [mySociety:public] Interesting experiment from the  
> Sunlight Foundation
> Reply-To: "mySociety public, general purpose discussion list" <developers-public at lists.mysociety.org 
> >
>

>
> On 10 Mar , at 19:26:39, Tom Steinberg wrote:
>
>> Name matching White House visitors and registered lobbyists:
>>
>> http://sunlightlabs.com/blog/2010/lobbyists-and-white-house-visitors/
>>
>> There must be lots of false positives, I guess, but an interesting  
>> idea.
>>
>
> I just posted this:
>
> Possible refinement, to address the "John Adams in one dataset may  
> be a different John Adams in another" issue. If you can combine  
> these data with a dataset that reflects the frequency of occurrence  
> of that name in the wider population, you could come up with a  
> confidence score for the uniqueness of the name. As a rough  
> approximation "number of hits on facebook" might suffice;
>
> compare:
>
> http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=john+adams&init=quick
>
> http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=stefan+magdalinski&init=quick
>
> If I visited the White House, you can be fairly damn sure it isn't  
> another Stefan Magdalinski
>
>
>> Tom
>>
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