Fuzzy match two pandas dataframes based on one or more common fields

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pip install fuzzymatcher==0.0.6



A Python package that allows the user to fuzzy match two pandas dataframes based on one or more common fields.

Fuzzymatches uses sqlite3's Full Text Search to find potential matches.

It then uses probabilistic record linkage to score matches.

Finally it outputs a list of the matches it has found and associated score.


pip install fuzzymatcher

Note that you will need a build of sqlite which includes FTS4. This seems to be widely included by default, but otherwise see here.


See examples.ipynb for examples of usage and the output.

You can run these examples interactively here.

Simple example

Suppose you have a table called df_left which looks like this:

id ons_name
0 Darlington
1 Monmouthshire
2 Havering
3 Knowsley
4 Charnwood
... etc.

And you want to link it to a table df_right that looks like this:

id os_name
0 Darlington (B)
1 Havering London Boro
2 Sir Fynwy - Monmouthshire
3 Knowsley District (B)
4 Charnwood District (B)
... etc.

You can write:

import fuzzymatcher
fuzzymatcher.fuzzy_left_join(df_left, df_right, left_on = "ons_name", right_on = "os_name")

And you'll get:

best_match_score ons_name os_name
0.178449 Darlington Darlington (B)
0.133371 Monmouthshire Sir Fynwy - Monmouthshire
0.102473 Havering Havering London Boro
0.155775 Knowsley Knowsley District (B)
0.155775 Charnwood Charnwood District (B)
... etc. etc.