Thanks, 

I will keep in mind the idea of making a plugin if I need to accomplish this 
task more often in the future. I don’t know if the Python console would work 
because there would need to be an interface for the user to manually select 
records that can not be matched exactly. Can that be written for code that goes 
into the Python console?

I did use that vlookup function in Excel which is great when the names match 
exactly. But the close match algorithm is not good because it is more likely 
than not to find the wrong country name. What you need to do when a record does 
not match is to manually correct it. This is tedious when there are a lot of 
names that don’t match.

-Joe


> On Nov 6, 2016, at 10:21 AM, Nicolas Cadieux <nicolas.cadi...@archeotec.ca> 
> wrote:
> 
> Hi,
> Stick to Excel for now.  Keep in mind that Python can be used in the Python 
> console.  Building a for al plugin may not be necessary.  Have you tried the 
> vlookup function?  It has a "close match algorithm " by default.  That may 
> help.
> Nicolas
> 
> Le 5 nov. 2016 à 22:30, Joe Lertola [via OSGeo.org <http://osgeo.org/>] 
> <[hidden email] <x-msg://38/user/SendEmail.jtp?type=node&node=5294502&i=0>> a 
> écrit :
> 
>> I used to program in my youth so I am familiar with programming concepts. 
>> But I would have to learn python and how to create plugins for Qgis from 
>> scratch. So that is not a project that will happen very fast if I do it. If 
>> it turns out that I have to create a lot of maps like this I might start 
>> looking into it. For now I will stick to Excel.
>> -Joe
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> Thanks,
>> -Joe
>> 
>> 
>>> On Nov 5, 2016, at 9:57 AM, Nicolas Cadieux <[hidden email] 
>>> <x-msg://38/user/SendEmail.jtp?type=node&node=5294475&i=0>> wrote:
>>> 
>>> Very interesting Nyall 
>>> 
>>> That makes me remember that the vlookup in excel also has a "bests match" 
>>> by default.  I always turn it off because it uses the first found possible 
>>> match.  I wonder if it uses the same type of "Fuzzy" logic...?  
>>> 
>>> Nicolas
>>> 
>>> Le 4 nov. 2016 à 23:22, Nyall Dawson [via OSGeo.org <http://osgeo.org/>] 
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>>>> 
>>>> On 5 Nov 2016 12:13 PM, "Joe Lertola" <<a 
>>>> href="x-msg://34/user/SendEmail.jtp?type=node&amp;node=5294406&amp;i=0" 
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>>>> wrote:
>>>> >
>>>> > Hello.
>>>> >
>>>> > Today I made a thematic map by joining a list of data that had country 
>>>> > names to a shape file of world countries. I had to spend a lot of time 
>>>> > working in Excel to make my data names match the names in the shape 
>>>> > file. A lot of them already matched but there were many that didn’t. For 
>>>> > example the the shape file had Ivory Coast and the data had Cte d’Ivoire 
>>>> > as the name. Is there any way to do this in Qgis instead of Excel? Years 
>>>> > ago I recall doing this in ArcMap. There was a tool that matched up the 
>>>> > data where it could and then for each record that wasn’t matched you 
>>>> > could choose the matching record manually. Any help would be greatly 
>>>> > appreciated.
>>>> 
>>>> How good are your python skills? Sounds like a perfect candidate for a new 
>>>> processing algorithm. QgsStringUtils has methods for performing "fuzzy" 
>>>> matching of strings, so a lot of the hard work is already done.
>>>> 
>>>> Nyall
>>>> 
>>>> >
>>>> > Thanks,
>>>> > -Joe
>>>> >
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