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Mapping P.O. Boxes by Zip Code

This is a discussion on Mapping P.O. Boxes by Zip Code within the MapPoint Desktop Discussion forums, part of the Map Forums category; Hello! New to the forum and fairly new to MapPoint. I am mapping addresses for approximately 50,000 potential donors nationwide. ...

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    skemp is offline Junior Member White Belt
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    Mapping P.O. Boxes by Zip Code

    Hello! New to the forum and fairly new to MapPoint.

    I am mapping addresses for approximately 50,000 potential donors nationwide. Of these, I estimate that 3% have P.O. Boxes and I cannot afford to exclude these potential donors. Ideally I want to map the street address, but if that's not possible, a flag within the zip code would be OK.

    I understand MapPoint does not map P.O. Box addresses, but is there a way to map them by zip code if the address is not found?

    In other words, once MapPoint recognizes it is a P.O. Box, can it map a point somewhere in the zip code boundry?


    Thanks!

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    Re: Mapping P.O. Boxes by Zip Code

    I would add in a routine to search the address for a regular expression of PO BOX and on those records just map by zip code

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    Re: Mapping P.O. Boxes by Zip Code

    Way old post, I know. But what do you mean by routine? I'm not a programmer. Is this a programming function?

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    Re: Mapping P.O. Boxes by Zip Code

    Yes, Mike was referring to a programming subroutine. A "regular expression" is a clever form of pattern matching that is supported by most modern programming languages.
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