MatchBot proposing merges for people with no common last name

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I can understand proposing matches for unknowns, or for people with a similar Current Last Name, etc.

This takes it a little further. Issac Powers (CLN Powers) and Thomas I Galphin (CLN Galphin) ? I dont understand how these names could look even remotely similar. Is this a bug?

https://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Special:MergePerson&user1_name=Powers-1767&user2_name=Galphin-3&action=compare
WikiTree profile: MatchBot WikiTree
in WikiTree Tech by Isabelle Martin G2G6 Pilot (373k points)
recategorized by Abby Glann
It actually looks like the issue may be with the second name in the merge.  If you look at Galphin-3 MatchBot proposed a few non-matching Last name merges but not for Power-176.

It matched it to the following names: Powers, Vaughan, Weigel and Keith.

I didn't see any other matches this morning that did the same.

It happened again this morning, with 4 proposed merges for Grove-34 with the names Farley, (Spangler) Huff, Wright and McNamara.

I'll reject them now, but we might need to keep an eye on this.

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+3 votes
We'll look into it, Isabelle. Thanks for keeping an eye on it in the meantime, Susan.
by Abby Glann G2G6 Pilot (409k points)

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