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4:05pm Mon 25th Apr, Michael W.

"Rashmi Mudugamuwa Arachchi" <23*8*3*[email protected]*u*e*t*u*a*e*u*a*> wrote: Hi Rashmi, I'll reply to each question in turn.
> Regarding the inputs > 1. Country > a. Is the full name i.e. "United Arab Emirates" should be given the successful output or "Emirates" should also give the output considering part of the country name into consideration.
A sensible rule is that if that can be done unambiguously, then the contraction is okay. Emirates is a very good example, as that is how they are commonly known in English. Viet Nam == Vietnam was mentioned last week, as both names are common.
> b. if matching a part is accepted, what should be done if there are more countries fall into name part matching. i.e. "United".
United, Republic, et al, are pretty useless as they occur in a number of countries' names. At this point, I think it is best to say too many hits. In truth, we are now getting into the territory of approximate string matching, which is well beyond this unit.
> c. Can we exclude processing the country name given within "()", and expect the user to refer to the country name using the common reference. i.e. Venezuela ignoring (Bolivarian Republic of)
Yes. Ignore anything in brackets.
> > 2. Year > a. Will the year be given in 4 digits or do we need to convert 8 into 2008 and 16 into 2016 and proceed considering the year in the given data set fall into 2000-2018
years should have 4 digits. Well are well beyond the "Y2K Problem", right? Cheers MichaelW

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