Keeping up to date on different types of software can be extremely difficult. With the markets and technology constantly changing, certain commonly used words and phrases can become very foreign very quickly. “Duplicate Elimination Software,” a facet of Common Subexpression Elimination (CSE), is used in everyday computing, though you may not even realize it.Here are the basics on what Duplicate Elimination Software (DES) is, how it works, and why it is crucial to business and personal work on basic computing systems.
The Need for Duplicate Elimination Software
In many business and personal dealings, there is bound to be overlap. Take, for example, the process of mass mailings for a company. Each company has a database of potential leads and clientele. Because leads generation is crucial to a company, many different forms of lead generation may take place at the same time, such as contact forms, cold calling, and networking. Because leads are interested in a certain type of business, there will undoubtedly be some people who were both networked with and who filled out a contact form, because they are interested in doing business with that particular company. If there are separate databases for in-person networking and contact forms that are not analyzed, that person may get several of the same mailings from a company, because the two sources of lead generation were not synced up.
This may seem like a small nuisance. Yes, the person will get several advertisements, but what’s the big deal? Aside from potentially losing that client due to over-inundation, bear in mind that overlap is a common occurrence, meaning several hundred leads could all be getting multiple mailings. The annoyance, the cost in postage, and the printing costs all can add up to huge losses.
How Duplicate Elimination Software Solves the Problem
This example is one of the many reasons that duplicate elimination software was developed. Utilized in businesses and at home, DES tries to delete unnecessary repetitions so that data is valid, constant monitoring is not needed, and storage needs are decreased.
The duplicate elimination process is a relatively simple one. As seen in this study by Purdue University, a simple algorithm is programmed to recognize repetition of key words and phrases. Information is scanned and, if it is deemed repetitive without a specific purpose, the two pieces of data are merged in one place so that the information neither takes up unnecessary space, nor is lost. Users are given the option to override this process, so should something need to be duplicated, users can proceed with two copies of the information.
Uses for Duplicate Elimination Software
There are many uses for duplicate elimination software. Businesses use it to improve customer relations, but also to ensure that everything is up-to-date (e.g. phone numbers, addresses, and any profiles). Rather than wasting time and money having employees go over records manually (and risk human error), DES can scan thousands of documents and programs at the same time to sync up information quickly and efficiently. Researchers use DES to ensure that their findings are valid- rather than having the same information averaged or factored into an equation or chart several times; duplicate elimination weeds out excessive repetition for the most precise calculations and readings. Specialized duplicate elimination software programs have been keenly focused to allow users to set parameters (individual, household, company) and alter settings so that information is always consolidated quickly and effectively.