3 Quick Ways to Explore Senzing Entity Resolution
By Brian Macy, published February 16, 2023
Senzing® entity resolution is the most accurate and affordable way to quickly match records about people, organizations and their relationships. But don’t just take our word for it. Here are three easy ways for getting started. No matter which option you choose, in just minutes you can explore Senzing entity resolution technology and receive actionable results. Read on to determine the best option for you.
1. Senzing Desktop Evaluation Tool
Some users may want to get started exploring Senzing entity resolution results with our Desktop Eval Tool. After that, you’ll want to move on to one of the QuickStart options (see below) which allow you to dig deeper into the capabilities of the Senzing API.
Consider the Desktop Eval Tool as your BS detector. If our claims seem too good to be true, in less than an hour you can find out for yourself.
The tool isn’t a technical proof of concept. It’s a demo of the Senzing engine without being the Senzing product. Keep that in mind as you use this tool – it doesn’t demonstrate performance, scalability or configuration. But it’s a great way to get an idea of what Senzing entity resolution can deliver on a small number of records. Once you get a quick taste, you can decide how to move forward.
Download the tool to your Windows or Mac desktop to see matches, possible matches and possible relationships in your data or our sample data. The Desktop Eval Tool comes with support for up to 100,000 records for free. If you want to evaluate more records at no charge, just let us know. (We don’t recommend loading more than about one million records into the Desktop Eval Tool.)
2. Senzing QuickStart for Linux
Another option is the Senzing API for a Linux environment. Choose this option to get started if you are a Linux user who wants to evaluate the results of Senzing entity resolution on a larger number of records. Compared to the desktop tool, QuickStart for Linux allows you to see the Senzing API in action and explore more functionality and configuration capabilities. It comes with SQLite, so you don’t need your own database.
QuickStart for Linux walks you through seven cut-and-paste commands to install the Senzing API and then you’re ready to load data. Installation takes most users about 15 minutes. The QuickStart guide includes a link to instructions on how to load and map your data. If you need help, contact us for free support. Data mapping can sometimes be tricky, and the quality of your results is dependent on getting it right.
With QuickStart for Linux, you can install an environment with all the tooling to run a simple proof of concept. All you need is a Linux machine with 16GB of RAM and a solid-state or Flash drive, either on premise or in the cloud. You can even do the install on a Windows or Mac virtual machine. In less than an hour or two, you can be exploring the results from your data.
This QuickStart comes with the ability to load up to 100,000 records (and the same is true for our third option, QuickStart for Docker, below). If you want to evaluate a larger number of records for free – even up to ten million – just ask us. (When you deploy the Senzing API in production, it can scale to tens of billions of records.)
3. Senzing QuickStart for Docker
QuickStart for Docker is for those who want to evaluate the Senzing API in a Docker environment. To setup and install the Senzing API, all you need to do is issue one Docker command and you’ll get access to every tool and example we provide. This process also creates a Senzing API deployment that you can use for your own Docker container development.
The Docker option requires that you have access to a PostgreSQL database prior to loading the Senzing API (for details see Tuning Your Database for Senzing).
Both QuickStart options let you quickly get started and explore your results with our easy-to-use Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA) Tools. With these tools, you’ll see matches and relationships, and you can even compare the results Senzing technology delivers to results from other entity resolution systems.
Discover what Senzing entity resolution can do for you
If your team is thinking about adding entity resolution capabilities to your solution, or upgrading what you already have, don’t wait to find out what Senzing technology can deliver. Just choose one of our three get started options and take Senzing entity resolution for a quick test ride. You’ll have your answer in minutes. Go ahead and get started with Senzing today. We’re confident you won’t be disappointed.
Not ready to get started on your own yet? You can schedule a free call with an entity resolution expert to discuss your project requirements.