Could we have a little clarification on Matchbot please?

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Firstly I do appreciate the intent of Matchbot and it should make finding duplicate profiles a good deal easier. Do we need it? IMHO yes we do, it eliminates a lot of work searching other ways.

However over the past few weeks I have had, on the same profile, 2 suggested merges. The first one being already rejected when I created the profile, and the second, I have also rejected because of the following: First name = same no problem there. Birth decade = same again no problem.

Birth location. My ancestor - England. Other profile - Russia

Family - nothing in common

So the question is, what criteria does Matchbot work to and could this criteria be adjusted to take into consideration already rejected matches, and things such as locations and family members (parents/spouse(s)) at least?

I am a very active PM as a standard rule but my concern is that if something happened where I could not be here would the merge go through as default after 30 days on open profiles?

Our Data Doctors do their best to keep up with these things but they can't be everywhere at once :)
asked in WikiTree Tech by Wendy Sullivan G2G6 Pilot (125k points)

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Thanks for asking this question, Wendy.

I don't know on which criteria MatchBot operates. They are probably a bit loose. From my experience, all proposed matches are born the same year (or almost) AND have one given name in common AND one of the family names in common.  But using these criteria, it's still possible match Mary Sarah Brown (born Smith in England) and Elizabeth Mary Smith (born White in Australia). Not even close... On the other hand "Mary Smith" may sometimes be the same as a "Mary Ann Smith nee Brown", if the person who initially created "Mary Smith" did not know her maiden name and was not aware that "Unknown" should be used in this case.

It is very unlikely that a bad merge would go through because there is a team of MatchBot monitors who check MatchBot's proposed merges everyday, and all merges that aren't close enough are rejected. In the case you describe (different continents and different families), the monitors will reject the merge outright.

MatchBot monitors will also check the biography for clues and look at descendants or parents or siblings to figure out where the person probably lived before making a decision.
answered by Isabelle Rassinot G2G6 Pilot (235k points)

"... there is a team of MatchBot monitors who check MatchBot's proposed merges everyday, and all merges that aren't close enough are rejected. In the case you describe (different continents and different families), the monitors will reject the merge outright."

If this was true, we would not be continuously distracted by ridiculous Matchbot proposals for merges that could not possibly ever match. 

 

Monitors do not have the powed to intervene before MatchBot sends out its proposals. So of course the profile managers get notifications before anyone has time to reject the merge.

And basically it is supposed to the the PMs who reject these merges. The monitors are only here to prevent the merges being default approved (after 30 days)... which could well happen, because a lot of proposed merges involve ophaned profiles.

I agree that a lot of MatchBot proposals are ridiculous, which goes to show that humans are still smarter than bots.

But bots are created by humans, so it's somewhat of a circular argument!

Except that, unlike the chicken and the egg, we already know which came first.

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