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  • First, let me recommend you direct Perl related questions to PerlMonks [] as that is the primary focus of that community

    To give some pointers to the actual question at hand, a little more information is needed. Are you reading actual Excel files or do you have the option of reading a "save as" CSV?

    If the former - consider Win32::OLE or Spreadsheet::ParseExcel

    If the latter - consider Text::xSV (several more options are available, just search for CSV)

    Next question - what do you mean by near match? It is likely that you can get by with String::Approx or Text::Levenshtein but more information is needed to know for sure.