MatchBot is at it again

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Today it proposed a merge between two ladies named Elizabeth, who were born in 1842.  And that was the sum of the similarities.

They had different parents
Different siblings
Different surnames
Born 76 miles apart

I suppose I should be glad that at least they were born in the same country on the same continent...sigh.  Oh, MatchBot *facepalm*

I thought it was on a "timeout".  Guess the timeout has ended.
asked in WikiTree Tech by Ros Haywood G2G6 Pilot (517k points)
retagged by Abby Glann
Yes, the timeout has ended.  :-(

Matchbot Timeout

Very clever, Anne!

2 Answers

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Best answer
Yes - MatchBot is running again.  Liz posted a note on the MatchBot Project page in regards to this.  We limited the run to 50 profiles per night.

The search parameters still need to be updated to avoid the issue that you point out above.  However, we felt that it was important to have it resume as it does point out valid duplicates. It also allows us to tag old profiles with an 'unsourced' tag, which hopefully someone will then work on it during a Sourcing Sprint.

Until we can work with the developer to update the match criteria, you will see some that only have a match for Name and Year of birth.

We have been monitoring the matches and rejecting any that have a privacy level that allows us to review them.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience until we can update the match criteria.

Thanks,
Susan
MatchBot MP
answered by Susan McNamee G2G6 Mach 3 (33k points)
selected by Lindy Jones
+5 votes
Matchbot is just a computer program and as such it can only do exactly what it is told to do.I do not know the parameters it is set for or why but you can not blame it for not doing what you would like it to do, that is on the programmer
answered by Dale Byers G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
When was a program ever written that did what the programmer wanted?
All of mine did actually, but it has been a long time since I wrote any. In fact I helped a couple of others to get their programs working back in my early days of programming.
Thinking back one of the programs I wrote in college may have not worked properly. The System manager decided to rush the end of semester clean up and "lost" all of the data needed to finish the program, but the professor still gave me a 100% score on it.
Every program does exactly what it is told. The problem is that we programmers don't always tell the right thing!
Exactly Kay, It does what I tell it to do but sometimes that may not be what is wanted. Matchbot may be not as accurate as possible because that way it can find those profiles that we humans made mistakes on and do not match exactly.

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