Categorization Overview

Both the Snowdrop Top Merchant database and Google Places provide a Category for each entry in the database.

  • The terminology used by Google is Google Places Types.

  • These are referred to in MRS as Detail Level Categories.

Example categories include:

bakery, restaurant, supermarket, hardware_store, beauty_salon, etc.

In total there are more than 100 different Detail Level Categories.

  • A complete list is available from the API specification.

  • A merchant can be assigned more than one detail level category.

  • A large number of categories can be difficult for the typical consumer to manage.

  • These detail level categories can be grouped together into higher level custom categories.

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