QAS Names FAQs

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What platforms is USA Names data available on?

What are the minimum versions of Pro and Pro Web that are needed for Names?

How big are the data files?

How big are the data files before QAS compresses them?

How many names are in the data file?

What are the data files called?

What is the data update frequency?

What media is the data shipped on?

Is there any other data available as part of Names?

Will Names bring back a flag that indicates a name was returned from Pro?

Are names listed in any type of order?

Is there a way to select more than one name if the people are married or share a last name?

If a name is associated with a sub-premise in a building, will that name show up in the picklist when you are at the premise level portion of the search?

Will configuring Names to be returned with an address be done through the same one process and not have to be done separately?

Where is the Names data sourced from?

From what sources is data drawn?

Does the Names data cover US territories?

How complete is the data?

How accurate is the data?

Is this data only be available for residential addresses?

Will the data include marital status and declared income?

Is there a minimum age restriction for adding names to the data file?

Is there an “expiration date” on names in the data file?

Are any names automatically excluded from the data file and why?

How is a name removed from an address record?

Why do names of people who haven't lived at a location for many years show up when I enter an address?

Why doesn't my name show up when I enter my address?

Why does my name show up when I enter an old address I used to live at?

Why is my name misspelled when I enter my address?

What are the implications of an incorrectly spelled name in terms of address correction fees?

Why does my next-door neighbour’s name show up when I enter my address? Are there specific reasons why someone might show up at an address without having ever lived there?

When an address is returned with a name associated with it, is the address that is returned the one from the USPS data file or from the Experian data file?

Can the data be used on the Internet?

Can corrected addresses with Names be transferred clear text over http, ftp, etc?

May a person select to be removed from the data file?

What platforms is USA Names data available on?

  • Windows
  • 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.

What are the minimum versions of Pro and Pro Web that are needed for Names data?

  • Pro V5
  • Pro Web V5

How big are the data files?

  • 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.

How big are the data files before Experian QAS compresses them?

  • Approximately 40 GB.

How many names are in the data file?

  • Approximately 215 million

What are the data files called?

  • usanam.ads – Data store
  • usanam.zlx – Index file

What is the data update frequency?

  • Bi-monthly.

What media is the data shipped on?

  • 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.

Is there any other data available as part of Names?

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.

Will Names bring back a flag that indicates a name was returned from Pro?

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.

Are names listed in any type of order?

  • 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

Is there a way to select more than one name if the people are married or share a last name?

No. Due to the nature of our picklists, you can only select one picklist item at a time, and thus only one name.

If a name is associated with a sub-premise in a building, will that name show up in the picklist when you are at the premise level portion of the search?

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.

Will configuring names to be returned with an address be done through the same process and not have to be done separately?

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.

Where is the Names data sourced from?

Experian QAS Names data supplier is Experian.

From what sources are data drawn?

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.

Does the Names data cover US territories?

No. The Names data only covers the 50 US States.

How complete is the data?

According to Experian, the data file contains at least one name for 90% of US residential addresses.

How accurate is the data?

Experian rates the accuracy of a name/address combination with a 1 – 5 score. They break down as follows:

1

Very High

64%

2

High

11%

3

Moderate

4%

4

Low

14%

5

No Match

7%

Based on these numbers, we can expect approximately a 75% accuracy.

Is this data only be available for residential addresses?

Yes. However, the existing USPS “Building/Firm Names” still exists.

Will the data include marital status and declared income?

No.

Is there a minimum age restriction for adding names to the data file?

18.

Is there an “expiration date” on names in the data file?

No

Are any names automatically excluded from the data file and why?

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.

How is a name removed from an address record?

  • 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.

Why do names of people who haven't lived at a location for many years show up when I enter an address?

If none of the removal conditions outlined above are met.

Why doesn't my name show up when I enter my address?

  • 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).

Why does my name show up when I enter an old address I used to live at?

  • If a Change of Address was not submitted for your move.
  • If Experian has not found more recent resident information for your old address.

Why is my name misspelled when I enter my address?

A name may be misspelled on the data file if a data source that Experian looks at contains a misspelling.

What are the implications of an incorrectly spelled name in terms of address correction fees?

None. The UPS and FedEx don’t charge for misspelled names.

Why does my next-door neighbour’s name show up when I enter my address? Are there specific reasons why someone might show up at an address without having ever lived there?

Both situations would most likely be a mistake in a data source Experian looks at. Perhaps your neighbour subscribed to a magazine or registered for a licence and submitted the wrong address.

When an address is returned with a name associated with it, is the address that is returned the one from the USPS data file or from the Experian data file?

The USPS data file. The Match Quality Indicators will specify how complete the Experian address matches the USPS address (which is always complete).

Can the data be used on the Internet?

Names can be displayed by Pro Web on an intranet only. Names cannot be displayed by Pro Web on a public website (the Internet).

Can corrected addresses with Names be transferred clear text over http, ftp, etc?

Yes

May a person select to be removed from the data file?

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

Experian

949 West Bond

Lincoln, NE 68521

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