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Old 07-20-2018, 01:44 PM   #1
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How many X-ray mistaken identities can you find in your books?

I'm coming across quite a few mistaken identifications in X-ray entries in books bought from Amazon. For example, in Quiet: The Power of Introverts... by Susan Cain, Franklin Delano Roosevelt in the book is listed as Benjamin Franklin and the driver that kicked Rosa Parks off a bus in 1955 is listed as a tennis player born in 1979. In SPQR by Mary Beard, both Julius Caesar and the emperor Augustus are lumped together as Caligula, and Cicero is listed as his younger brother.

Most of these errors, such as for FDR and the bus driver, are easy to fix, even for DRM infected books. Splitting the Caligula listings into separate listings for Julius Caesar and Augustus would be tedious, but once done, the fix would be quick and easy for anyone else with the book. I would like for this thread to be a collection point for these errors so that an organized set of corrections can be made freely available for download in a separate thread and/or wiki page and a git repository. A key component of the X-ray system is an sqlite3 database. It is very easy to construct an SQL statement that fixes the error.

Ideally, a report would consist of:
Title (not completely necessary)
Author (even less necessary)
ASIN (essential)
Name in book
Name in X-ray
X-ray entity number (value in entity column in entity description table)
Suggested source for description

However, I would like to encourage partial reports by people who spot errors but are unable or unwilling to make a complete report to make a partial report in the hope that someone else with the same book will supply the missing details. And I do request that even for complete reports that someone else with the same book confirm the details of the report.

So a report could be as simple as:
"In Quiet by Susan Cain, Franklin Roosevelt is misidentified as Benjamin Franklin"
or as complete as:
Title: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That ...
Author: Susan Cain
ASIN: B004J4WNL2

Name in book: Franklin (Roosevelt)
Name in X-ray: Benjamin Franklin (implied by description)
X-ray entity number: 9
Suggested source for description: Wikipedia

Name in book: James Blake
Name in X-ray: James Riley Blake
X-ray entity number: 103
Suggested source for description: Wikipedia

Super duper extra credit brownie points for the SQL to fix, such as:

Code:
/* XRAY mistaken identity fixes for B004J4WNL2
  "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That ..."
*/
-- Was Shelfari entry for Benjamin Franklin!
UPDATE "entity_description" SET text="Franklin Delano Roosevelt (January 30, 1882 - April 12, 1945), commonly known as FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd President of the United States from 1933 until his death in 1945. A Democrat, he won a record four presidential elections and emerged as a central figure in world events during the mid-20th century. He directed the United States government during most of the Great Depression and World War II. As a dominant leader of his party, he built the New Deal Coalition, realigning American politics into the Fifth Party System and defining American liberalism throughout the middle third of the 20th century. He is often rated by scholars as one of the three greatest U.S. Presidents, along with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Roosevelt was born in 1882 to an old, prominent Dutch-American family from Dutchess County, New York and attended Groton School. He went on to graduate from Harvard College in 1903 and attended Columbia Law School. At age 23 in 1905, he married Eleanor Roosevelt, and the couple went on to have six children.", source=1 where entity = 9;
-- Was for: James Riley Blake b. 1979, American professional tennis player...
UPDATE "entity_description" SET text="James F. Blake (April 14, 1912 - March 21, 2002) was the bus driver who Rosa Parks defied in 1955, prompting the Montgomery Bus Boycott.", source=1 where entity = 103;
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Old 07-27-2018, 06:39 PM   #2
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How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez

Name in book: Island
Description in XRAY: "Atafu atoll in Tokelau A small Fijian island..."
Description: "Hispaniola, the location of the Dominican Republic."

Name in book: Bellevue Hospital, NYC, USA
Name in XRAY: Bellevue, city in Washington State, USA

Name in book: buenos dias (Spanish for "Good morning")
Description in XRAY: "Buenos Días a Todos (or Good Morning EE
veryone in English) is a Chilean television morning show which has aired on Televisión Nacional de Chile (TVN) since 9 March 1992."
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"Packing for Mars" by Mary Roach

entity 6, Ronca
Description in XRAY: "Ronc�| is a comune (lumpfish) in the Province of Verona in the Italian region Veneto."
Description: "April Ronca, Associate Professor, Wake Forest University"

entity 20, Jon Clark
Description in XRAY: "Alan Jon Clark (born 22 September 1959) is a South African businessman."
Description: "Jon Clark is a space physiology expert."

entity 28, John Charles
Description in XRAY: "William John Charles, CBE (27 December 1931 �~@~S 21 February 2004) was a Welsh international footballer."
Description: "John Charles is a physiologist at the NASA Johnson Space Center."

entity 46, Ralph Harvey
Description in XRAY: "Ralph Harvey (Aug 9, 1901 – Nov 7, 1991) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana."
Description: "Ralph Harvey, planetary geologist, Case Western Reserve"

entity 67, Edwin Murphy
Description in XRAY: "Edwin Greenslade Murphy (also known as Dryblower Murphy or simply Dryblower; 12 December 1866 �~@~S 9 March 1939) was an Australian journalist and poet.
Description: "Edwin Murphy researches nutrition."

entity 88, Dennis Carter
Description in XRAY: "Dennis Malone Carter (c. 1820 - 1881) was an Irish-American painter."
Description: "Dennis Carter is a Professor Emeritus in Bioengineering at Stanford University."

entity 125, O'Hara
Description in XRAY: "O'Hara is an Anglicized form of the Irish name �~S hEaghra."
Description: "May O'Hara, Air Force dietitian"

entity 163, Art Thompson
Description in XRAY: "Arthur J. Thompson was a Major League Baseball pitcher in 1884."
Description: "Art Thompson, the technical director of the Red Bull Stratos Mission"

entity 193, Tom Chase
Description in XRAY: "Tom Chase (born March 6, 1965) is a pornographic actor"
Description: "Tom Chase, a senior spacesuit engineer at Hamilton Sundstrand.

entity 196, Norbert Kraft
Description in XRAY: "Norbert Kraft (b. Linz, Austria, 1950) is a Canadian guitarist, music teacher, producer and arranger."
Description: "Norbert Kraft is a physician who researches group psychology and productivity."
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Old 09-18-2018, 09:50 PM   #4
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"The Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life" David Quammen

entity 326, George Fox (count 141)
Description in XRAY: "George Fox (July 1624[2] – 13 January 1691) was an English Dissenter."
Description: "George Edward Fox (born December 17, 1945) is a researcher at the University of Houston."

entity 373, George Fox, the correct one, but description not from his Wikipedia article. (count 29)
label is "Institute for genomic research"
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Old 12-14-2018, 02:52 PM   #5
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Digital Fortress by Dan Brown

The description for entity 35, a character referred to as "North Dakota" is for the US State North Dakota.

Entity 59, "Susan" is the same character as entity 56.

Entity 42, "Trevor Strathmore" is referenced 292 times in Xray, but 667 times in the book,
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The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian by Andy Weir

The occurrences of entity 103, "Arabia" (Saudi Arabia), are really occurrences of entity 65, "Arabia Terra", a region in the north of the planet Mars.

The description for entity 16, "Hermes", the spacecraft used in the novel to shuttle Mars mission crews between Earth orbit and Mars orbit, is for the canceled European Space Agency spaceplane "Hermes".
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