I'm working on a DelimText driver here that doesn't have sufficient
information in the input data to have a useful association value. I'm
only getting First Name, Last Name, and Birthdate to work with, none of
which make good unique keys.

I'm trying to decide what to do about this.

One possibility I came up with is to build a string out of the input
data (First Name + Last Name + Birthdate), then either use that directly
as the association (ugh), or possibly running some kind of hashing
function against that string to produce something that looks like a GUID
and using the resulting value.

Any other good ideas? I have not previously had to deal with a system
that has so little information available, but I'm hoping somebody else
has previously had to handle this and will have some suggestions.


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