Understanding the Master Index Standardization Engine

About the Rules-Based Framework

In the rules-based framework, individual field components are recognized by the patterns defined for each data type and by information provided in configurable files about how to preprocess, match, and postprocess each field components. The rules-based framework processes data in the following stages.

Using the street address data type, for example, street addresses are parsed into their component parts, such as house numbers, street names, and so on. Certain fields are normalized, such as street name, street type, and street directions. The street name is then phonetically converted. Standardization logic is defined in the standardization engine configuration files and in the Master Index Configuration Editor or mefa.xml in a master index project.