Friday, September 9, 2011

Fuzzy Lookup...SSIS...

Recently I was working on a project where in there was a requirement to check the quality of data before uploading the data to SQL Server. There are a couple of tasks in the Data flow component of SSIS which allow one to scrubb the input data. The two tasks which are available are Fuzzy Lookup and Fuzzy grouping tasks. The data source for the SSIS package had a text file which contains a list of contacts that need to be scrubbed and uploaded to the database. The contact text file could have names that are misspelt or have bad characters. As per the business there can certain set of tolerance and confidence level set based on which the misspelt records could be uploaded or rejected. This is where the fuzzy lookup task comes into play. I have enclosed a sample Fuzzy Lookup editor:

In this SSIS package, the records which have a valid lookup contact in the database is sent through the Fuzzy lookup task. The output of fuzzy lookup task can then be directed to a conditional split task. There are certain columns which are in built in the fuzzy lookup that are available to the conditional split task,they are _Similarity and _Confidence. Based on the values of these two variables and business rules records can be inserted or rejected from being uploaded to the database.


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