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Data Linkage

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By: Manfred Antoni & Joseph W. Sakshaug | Edited by: Paul Atkinson, Sara Delamont, Alexandru Cernat, Joseph W. Sakshaug & Richard A. Williams Published: 2020 | Length:   5 | DOI: |
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Data linkage (also known as data matching, record linkage, or entity resolution) is the process of bringing together records that belong to the same unit across multiple databases in order to produce a single merged dataset. A unit may refer to, among other entities, a person, family, household, establishment, or company.

Data linkage is often used in the context of merging records from large databases compiled from data collected by organizations in the public or private sector. Government agencies, health care providers, and private companies collect large amounts of data, including tax and financial records, health care records, consumer transactions, census records, and survey data. Joining these data types can be beneficial to researchers, policy makers, and businesses by allowing deeper analyses and greater insights to ...

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