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Status Not under consideration
Workspace Watson Assistant
Created by Guest
Created on Dec 18, 2019

Feature request: Enhance/add filters to fuzzy matching

I have a scenario where fuzzy matching should only be executed in regards to spaces and special characters such as (),.-  I do not want the fuzzy matching to apply to alphanumeric characters (letters or digits), as I am trying to match to an exact list of alphanumeric strings.

Real-life scenario: I have an entity list of California Vehicle Codes (traffic offense numbers e.g.  VC 21100.3).  There are several hundreds of them.  I have had to turn off fuzzy matching for that entity, as it is very important that I try to get an exact match on the user's query.  However, I would like to turn ON fuzzy matching for that entity if I could restrict it to being fuzzy about spaces and special characters only, but not be fuzzy about alphanumerics.

An example would be that "VC21452a" and "VC 21452a" and "VC21452(a)" and "VC21452 (a)" and "VC 21452 (a)" should all be a fuzzy match to "VC21452a" with the spaces and special characters stripped; but should not match a similar number or the same number with a different suffix.  So the fuzzy match should NOT match VC 21352e to VC 21352a, and should NOT match "VC 21352 (e)" to "VC 21352 (a)" or to "VC 21352".

Who would benefit from this IDEA? While programming my Watson Assistant, this would save me many hours of tedious effort and frustration in having to add acceptable aliases to my entity list of vehicle codes. I'm guessing that banks and insurance companies would also benefit from this.
  • Admin
    Mitch Mason
    Mar 30, 2020

    Would it be easier to identify this using a pattern entity and regular expressions?