Learning Expressive Linkage Rules using Genetic Programming
A central problem in data integration and data cleansing is to find entities in different data sources that describe the same real-world object. Many existing methods for identifying such entities rely on explicit linkage rules which specify the conditions that entities must fulfill in order to be considered to describe the same real-world object. In this paper, the authors present the GenLink algorithm for learning expressive linkage rules from a set of existing reference links using genetic programming. The algorithm is capable of generating linkage rules which select discriminative properties for comparison, apply chains of data transformations to normalize property values, choose appropriate distance measures and thresholds and combine the results of multiple comparisons using non-linear aggregation functions.