An implementation of the generalized merged distance to evaluate entity resolution

# entity-resolution-evaluation

A python package to evaluate entity resolution

This package allows to evaluate entity resolution by efficiently computing several state of the art metrics : basic merge distance, precision, recall, variation of information. It's using the slice algorithm from the paper :

Menestrina, David and Whang, Steven Euijong and Garcia-Molina, Hector (2010) Evaluating Entity Resolution Results http://ilpubs.stanford.edu:8090/975/3/ERMetricVLDB.pdf

## Getting Started

### Installing

pip install entity-resolution-evaluation


### Testing

Evaluate your resolution R against the gold standard S using a metric.

Examples

S = [[0, 1], [2, 3, 4], [5]]
R = [[0, 1, 2], [3, 4], [5]]

evaluate(R,S, 'bmd')
# returns 2


To go from R to S, you have to do 1 split and 1 merge.

evaluate(R,S,'precision')
# returns 0.5,


Half of the pairs of R are incorrect. (0,2) and (1,2) are incorrect. (0,1) and (3,4) are correct

evaluate(R,S,'recall')
# returns 0.5


Half of the pairs of S are present in R. (0,1) and (3,4) are present. (2,3) and (2,4) are absent.

evaluate(R,S,'variation of information')
# returns 0.6365141682948129


### Metrics

You can currently compute the following metrics :

metric value if perfect bounds intepretation
'bmd' 0 [0,infinity] basic merge distance : the number of split and merge necessary to go from R to S
'precision' 1 [0,1] proportion of pairs in R present in S
'recall' 1 [0,1] proportion of pairs in S present in R
'f1' 1 [0,1] harmonic mean of precision and recall
'variation_of_information' 0 [0,infinity] amount of information that is lost and added to go from R to S

## Credits

Copyright (c) 2018 Ministère de l'Action et des Comptes Publics, Paul Boosz, Benoît Guigal

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