QAS Names FAQs
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Countries: United States
- Most versions of UNIX, including the most popular. i.e. Solaris, AIX, HPUX, RedHat Linux. Those flavours that can’t handle file sizes greater than 2GB will not be able to use Names. These are typically legacy flavours or custom-designed flavours, both of which are quite rare.
- Pro V5
- Pro Web V5
- Approximately 2.2 GB for the Names data. The USPS data file is still approximately 900 MB. The complete Names products will be approximately 3 GB.
- Approximately 40 GB.
- Approximately 215 million
- usanam.ads – Data store
- usanam.zlx – Index file
- DVD by default, but available on CD by special request.
- DVD customers receive the regular product CD and one DVD that contains the USPS data file, the Names data and all DataPlus data (these are only accessible if they have a key for it).
- CD customers receive the regular product CD, two USPS data CDs and four Names data CDs.
Yes. Two Match Quality Indicators can be returned with a name. These MQIs are numeric values that represent how closely the Experian address associated with a name matches the USPS address. These are available within the DataPlus screen in the Configuration Editor.
No. However, the Match Quality Indicators above could be returned to a specific field on the data entry screen, which could then be looked at to see if a name was returned from Pro. If the value is 0, then no name was returned.
- Name entries will be displayed below all address information
- Names are sorted first by Last Name, in alphabetical order
- Names are sorted second by First Name, in alphabetical order
- Names are sorted third by middle initial, in alphabetical order
- Names are sorted fourth by title, in alphabetical order
- Names are sorted last by Last Name suffix, in alphabetical order
No. Due to the nature of our picklists, you can only select one picklist item at a time, and thus only one name.
This is configurable by editing the QAS configuration file (please contact Experian QAS Technical Support for more information) or by using the Configuration Editor. You can choose to display all names in a building when you’re at the premise level of the search or you can suppress “sub-premise names” while at the premise level of the search, thus only displaying them when you search down to the sub-premise level. In the first situation, if you accept a “sub-premise” name at the premise level of the search, it will be returned to you with the sub-premise number included. This situation will be useful if you don’t know a person’s sub-premise number but are able to locate them at the premise level. You could select them at the premise level and have their sub-premise number returned.
Yes. A name will be separated into Title, First Name, Middle Initial, Last Name and Suffix. Each name element can be fixed in to an address layout using the Configuration Editor.
Experian QAS Names data supplier is Experian.
There are thousands of sources. Examples include public telephone directories, state agency registrations (i.e. trades, hunting, fishing, etc., but not including automobile registrations), real estate transactions, phone & other utility records, NCOA, magazine and catalogue subscriptions, product registrations, and responses to magazine surveys. This is only a high-level list.
No. The Names data only covers the 50 US States.
According to Experian, the data file contains at least one name for 90% of US residential addresses.
Experian rates the accuracy of a name/address combination with a 1 – 5 score. They break down as follows:
Based on these numbers, we can expect approximately a 75% accuracy.
Yes. However, the existing USPS “Building/Firm Names” still exists.
Yes. As part of Experian’s maintenance processing, the file is matched against an “invalid names” table. This process eliminates vulgar words, etc. There is also a business rule that states a Last Name needs to contain 2 or more letters to be considered valid.
Experian also maintains an in-house pander file consisting of consumer requests made directly to Experian to remove their name. These names are excluded from the data file supplied.
- If a Change of Address for an individual has been submitted.
- If more up-to-date resident information about an address is obtained by Experian. Experian has proprietary business rules to determine if a new resident has replaced the original one or if they are simply moving in with the original resident.
- If a name exists on Experian’s pander record.
If none of the removal conditions outlined above are met.
- A person’s name may not appear at their address if they don’t show up in any of Experian’s data sources. For example, they have not subscribed to a magazine Experian checks, paid a bill to a company Experian checks, registered for a licence Experian checks, etc
- A person’s name may not appear if they requested their name be a part of Experian’s pander record.
- A person’s name may not appear they have recently moved or if they have recently undergone a name change (such as a marriage).
- If a Change of Address was not submitted for your move.
- If Experian has not found more recent resident information for your old address.
A name may be misspelled on the data file if a data source that Experian looks at contains a misspelling.
None. The UPS and FedEx don’t charge for misspelled names.
The USPS data file. The Match Quality Indicators will specify how complete the Experian address matches the USPS address (which is always complete).
Names can be displayed by Pro Web on an intranet only. Names cannot be displayed by Pro Web on a public website (the Internet).
Yes. Experian maintains an in-house pander file consisting of consumer requests made directly to Experian. They receive requests via mail and phone. This pander file is separate from the DMA, state and federal DNC pander files. When Experian receives the consumer request, a postcard is sent to the consumer with information on how they can also contact the DMA and be added to the DMA suppression file.
Removal requests can be made by the consumer via:
Telephone: (US) 402-458-5247
Address: Consumer Services
949 West Bond
Lincoln, NE 68521