Has MatchBot caught up with all the new name variations to be found?

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When WikiTree added name variables to its searches, MatchBot suddenly started looking for/finding duplicate profiles with vastly different spellings. And the MatchBot Monitors Project was born. 

When the name variables first started appearing, WikiTree restricted MatchBot to 100 proposals a day. But lately, it seems that MatchBot does not post nearly that many & even goes for a couple of days without proposing a merge. Is that right or is there some kind of bug?

For example, MatchBot's latest contributions were July 7, and it only proposed about 30 merges. And before that, it had last proposed a merge on July 4.

Thanks! Liz

in WikiTree Tech by Liz Shifflett G2G6 Pilot (539k points)
So it appears that MatchBot is sitting on a beach somewhere...
Does it have one of those drinks with the little umbrella?
. . .and listening to the Beach Boys - Surfin USA :)
followed by Johnnie Lee's "Lookin' for love in all the wrong places" :D

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Hi Liz,

It looks like July 10, last night, there was a fairly large group.

When I told you that MatchBot does up to 100 proposals a night I was oversimplifying. I should have been more specific.

When we designed it, we didn't want to overwhelm any one profile manager with a bunch of e-mails. So we don't go in order of profile creation or last name. The system grabs clusters of profiles to compare, then jumps to another spot in the database and grabs another cluster, etc., until it's looked for matches for 100,000 profiles, I think it is. If it sends 100 proposals before it does 100,000 searches, it stops there.

Anyway, this makes it hard to answer your question. :-)

MatchBot could be slowing down for the reason you suggest. It could be completing the cycle for all 11,000,000 profiles. It could also just be grabbing clusters that happen to have fewer matches.

by Chris Whitten G2G Astronaut (1.4m points)
selected by Liz Shifflett
Thanks for the explanation... easy days at work instead of vacationing on a beach then :D

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