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CARNEGIE GROUP ANNOUNCES NAMEFINDER(TM)

 A Software Package that Finds Names and Their Multiple Variations
 in Online Text Automatically
 PITTSBURGH, Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- To meet the growing need of companies in the information industry for products that help them index, search, retrieve and route specific references within online text, Carnegie Group, Inc. (CGI) announced today the availability of NameFinder(TM).
 As the latest addition to CGI's suite of intelligent text management offerings, NameFinder is a software package, written in the C Language, that fills the niche for finding occurrences of names (specifically company and people names) and their numerous variations, in real-time and historical online text.
 NameFinder contains built-in-knowledge of the way names are structured. It takes into account all the factors which may account for variability such as abbreviations, case sensitivity, tag words, titles, forenames, punctuations, etc., enabling it to capture all acceptable variances of names listed in its database.
 Text derived from news stories, magazines articles or press releases, for example, contains a tremendous amount of variability. Most software packages used to find names in online text require a literal matching of a name, such as "Carnegie Group, Inc." and do not contain the ability to find all the possible variations of a company name.
 With NameFinder, variants such as "CGI," "Carnegie Group," "Carnegie Group Incorporated," "Carnegie Grp, Inc." to name a few, can be recognized and retrieved automatically within seconds, all based on a single listing of "Carnegie Group, Inc." in the database.
 "The availability of a software package like this solves a number of problems for companies that either create information for consumption by many different audiences as well as online vendors that repackage and sell access to large specialized databases to end users," says Dennis Yablonsky, president and CEO of Carnegie Group. "With NameFinder, they can develop applications which, for example, help them refine the level of indexing they currently offer, including creating and standardizing company indexes across multiple sources. Also, they'll be better able to meet subscribers' requests for more accurate, complete and consistent coverage of references and generally add value to online text," he added.
 By eliminating the tedious, error-prone and manual task of listing all possible variants of a name for literal matching against a database, and the need to "rig" existing software packages to perform similar functionality, NameFinder makes it possible for information providers to gain operational efficiency and add new services.
 Potential Applications Using NameFinder
 NameFinder, which evolved out of a very successful application built for a news service organization, enables an exciting array of new applications. By integrating NameFinder with new or existing systems and databases, information brokers can:
 -- Filter and code news stories being added to databases.
 -- Monitor news reports on the stock performance of targeted companies and prepare a daily company stock index.
 -- Add coding to newswires.
 -- Develop indexes to legal material by people, companies, locality, etc.
 NameFinder contains an application programmer interface that allows it to be fully embedded into other programs. It is initially available for the Unix platform, including SUN, HP and DECStation. A source code site license of NameFinder sells for $60,000 including installation and services.
 Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Carnegie Group is the industry leader in providing semi-custom knowledge-based solutions for complex business problems in a wide range of industries. Its semi-custom business is supported by a rich line of reusable technologies and associated services, including education and consulting to support the transfer of knowledge-based technology to its clients.
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 /CONTACT: Florence Rouzier of Carnegie Group, 412-642-6900/


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