Continued progress on location search, and some technical bits and bobs (Week 28)

Matt Webb
Oct 19, 2018 · 5 min read
Behind the scenes, my admin system for tracking progress in parsing location data

  • Pay: the system would rely on a commercial third-party geocoding service such as the Google Maps API, which can take unstructured queries and return an address. Although simple on the surface, it has some downsides: it’s less likely to be effective because I know a lot more about these jobs than just a location string. Companies tend to have a limited number of countries of operating, for example, and that list of countries changes slowly. That data could hugely increase accuracy, but there’s no way to pass it in.
The hinted location parsing system in action
  • ways of breaking up strings into cities and countries
  • synonyms for city names
  • etc.


  • feature categorisation (turning this text into known city names and country names)


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