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This section describes the following return codes: PafFlag, PafDesc, ErrorCode, AddrScore, UpdateFlag.

The PafFlag and PafDesc fields indicate whether a record has been verified or not during the addressing process:

PafFlag

PafDesc

Description

1

Verified

The record achieved a premise level match from the addressing engine and reached the address level score threshold. This is a confident match. The address and postcode fields will be updated.

2

Good

The record achieve a postcode level match and all input address elements were matched so the result was upgraded to an address level match. The address and postcode fields will be updated.

3

Partial

The record achieved a postcode level match and reached the postcode level score threshold. The postcode field will be updated.

4

Tentative

No Premise information (Org, Sub-building, Building Number, Building Name) was returned, or the score threshold was not met. The address and postcode fields will not be updated.

5

NoMatch

No match was found.

6

Foreign

The record was identified as foreign.

9

ProcessingFailure

An error has occurred processing the record.

 

The ErrorCode field is a 17 character field that indicates the verification status. For example, “PREMP===CVVVARXXF”. This consists of nine parts in the following format:

ErrorCode part

Width

Description

Match level

4

Match level can have the following values:

“PREM” – Match to a single premise;

“PCOD” – Match to a complete postcode;

“PART” – Match to a partial postcode;

“NOMA” – No satisfactory match could be found;

“FORN” – Foreign address detected.

Passing level

1

Passing level can have the following values:

“I” – Individual level;

“A” – Address level;

“P” – Postcode level;

“N” – No match.

Postcode update

4

Postcode update can have the following values:

“ ” (four spaces) – No postcode or no match;

“----” – Input postcode, no output postcode;

“++++” – Output postcode, no input postcode;

“====” – No change to postcode;

“===C” – Change at postcode level;

“==CC” – Change at sector level;

“=CCC” – Change at outward code level;

“CCCC” – Change at area code level.

Premise flag

1

Premise flag can have the following values:

“X” – Not matched;

“V” – Verified;

“R” – Retained;

“C” – Corrected;

“A” - Added.

Street flag

1

See premise flag.

Locality flag

1

See premise flag.

Postcode flag

1

See premise flag.

Vanity flags

3

Leading flag can have the following values:

“XXX” – Not matched;

“SSS” – Some vanity elements retained;

“RRR” – Vanity elements retained;

“DDD” – Vanity elements removed.

Reformat flag

1

Reformat flag can have the following values:

“X” – Not matched;

“O” – Original address kept as-is;

“F” – Address fully reformatted.

 

Values for AddrScore are between 0 and 110 – this is essentially a percentage score boosted by 10 if there are no unmatched words in the input.

The UpdateFlag field indicates whether the record was updated:

UpdateFlag

Description

Individual

Record name, address and postcode were updated.

Address

Record address and postcode were updated.

Postcode

Record postcode was updated.

None

Record not updated.

With process type NameCorrection, the following processing flags are added to the output:

UpdateFlag

Description

Individual

Record name, address and postcode were updated.

Address

Record address and postcode were updated.

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