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Are "Mikhail Goihman" and "Mikhael (Migo) Goikhman" the same person?
How about "Bill Gates" and "William Gates III"? Or "Peggy Green" and "Green Mary-Ann"?
The problem is more complex than it sounds, because it is not quite formal. One aspect is name nicks and mutations, like:
Peggy -> Margareth -> Martha -> Mary -> Maryanne -> Anna -> Roseanne -> Rosalyn -> Linda -> Melinda
Some aspects may be solved by a database of names and their relations, but there is certainly a place for heuristics. The problem may be even worse in other languages.
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