Abstract

We show that aggregate constraints (as opposed to pairwise constraints) that often arise when integrating multiple sources of data, can be leveraged to enhance the quality of deduplication. However, despite its appeal, we show that the problem is challenging, both semantically and computationally. We define a restricted search space for deduplication that is intuitive in our context and we solve the problem optimally for the restricted space. Our experiments on real data show that incorporating aggregate constraints significantly enhances the accuracy of deduplication.