Synaptica Version 7.1 Feature Preview: Term AutoMatch
Jim Sweeney — May 11, 2009 - 9:14am
We are very excited to announce one of the many new features that will be available with our next release of Synaptica Version 7.1 (available mid-July). This new feature will provide a mechanism that will doubtless save tens if not hundreds of hours for those that currently do manual "mappings" between two different vocabularies.
The new Term AutoMatch tool will allow for the comparison of terms between two distinct Object Classes (vocabularies) and automatically perform a "mapping" between terms where there is a match based on whole or part of the term descriptions. The feature first allows for the selection of the two Object Classes and then for the matching method one would like to apply.
As you will see in detail in the above slidedeck, there are five matching levels including exact match, keywords match, a soundex match (based on phonetics) and finally a single or multiple word smart matches. One may then select the relationship type that should be applied between the terms as well as which types of matches should be displayed.
- Display all matches
- Display matches except where match already exists
- Display matches with no existing match from first to second object class
Next, one may use the built-in review tool to individually remove invalid matches and immediately submit the matches as new relationships in Synaptica. Optionally, the match results can be downloaded, adjusted within a spreadsheet and then re-uploaded to Synaptica to create new relationships. For the online version each term name is displayed as a link so one may enter the Item Summary for any term and edit the term directly. Each term will display an "Existing Relationship Count" that shows the number of relationships from that term to terms in the other object class.
This tool also uses synonyms to allows for matching between “preferred” and “non-preferred” terms, finding matches using synonyms that might otherwise be missed. A tips screen is available to assist with all of the features and the overall use of this tool.
We have already had tremendous response from customers that have seen an advance release of this new feature. We expect that it will be a tremendous benefit to those that perform this type of task on a routine basis and look forward to delivering it to customers.
Please contact us to find out more about Synaptica AutoMatch or for a demonstration and of course stay tuned for more announcements on Synaptica's upcoming features!