I was writing some code scripts to analyze some plasmodium spp. using this database. However the names assigned to the various epitopes and other items on the list is very very very disorganized. In some places there are acronyms and other places the full name. Sometimes hyphens replace the spaces for the same epitope name. So I was trying to collect lists of all the different names that are actually synonyms of each other. However there were some words that were added on sometimes that I wasn't sure would count as synonyms:
- "xxx" and "xxx, putative" synonyms?
- "xxx" and "xxx like antigen" synonyms? (this one made little sense to me as both are epitopes
- "xxx" and "xxx 1" synonyms?
- "xxx" and "xxx partial" close enough to be synonyms for sake of grouping?
I'm rather new at analyzing these sorts of databases. I'm sure I'll find other such messy naming issues and was wondering how to approach such a problem and solve such discrepancies.