Finding incremental matches - Amazon Glue
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Finding incremental matches

The Find matches feature allows you to identify duplicate or matching records in your dataset, even when the records don’t have a common unique identifier and no fields match exactly. The initial release of the Find matches transform identified matching records within a single dataset. When you add new data to the dataset, you had to merge it with the existing clean dataset and rerun matching against the complete merged dataset.

The incremental matching feature makes it simpler to match to incremental records against existing matched datasets. Suppose that you want to match prospects data with existing customer datasets. The incremental match capability provides you the flexibility to match hundreds of thousands of new prospects with an existing database of prospects and customers by merging the results into a single database or table. By matching only between the new and existing datasets, the find incremental matches optimization reduces computation time, which also reduces cost.

The usage of incremental matching is similar to Find matches as described in Tutorial: Creating a machine learning transform with Amazon Glue. This topic identifies only the differences with incremental matching.

For more information, see the blog post on Incremental data matching.

Running an incremental matching job

For the following procedure, suppose the following:

  • You have crawled the existing dataset into the table first_records. The first_records dataset must be a matched dataset, or the output of the matched job.

  • You have created and trained a Find matches transform with Amazon Glue version 2.0. This is the only version of Amazon Glue that supports incremental matches.

  • The ETL language is Scala. Note that Python is also supported.

  • The model already generated is called demo-xform.

  1. Crawl the incremental dataset to the table second_records.

  2. On the Amazon Glue console, in the navigation pane, choose Jobs.

  3. Choose Add job, and follow the steps in the wizard to create an ETL Spark job with a generated script. Choose the following property values for your transform:

    1. For Name, choose demo-etl.

    2. For IAM role, choose an IAM role with permission to the Amazon S3 source data, labeling file, and Amazon Glue API operations.

    3. For ETL language, choose Scala.

    4. For Script file name, choose demo-etl. This is the file name of the Scala script.

    5. For Data source, choose first_records. The data source you choose must match the machine learning transform data source schema.

    6. For Transform type, choose Find matching records to create a job using a machine learning transform.

    7. Select the incremental matching option, and for Data Source select the table named second_records.

    8. For Transform, choose demo-xform, the machine learning transform used by the job.

    9. Choose Create tables in your data target or Use tables in the data catalog and update your data target.

  4. Choose Save job and edit script to display the script editor page.

  5. Choose Run job to start the job run.