What To Look For In Data

Sometimes you have to do things when you have no idea where to start. It can be a stressful experience. If you’ve ever had to analyze a data set, you know the anxiety.

Deciding how and where to start exploring a new data set can be perplexing. Typically. the first thing to consider is the objective you, your boss, or your client have in analyzing the dataset. That will give you a sense of where you need to go. Then you have to ensure the data set is reasonably free of errors. After that, you decide whether to look at snapshots, population or sample characteristics, changes over time or under different conditions, and multi-metric trends and patterns. This blog will give you some ideas for where and how to start.

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About statswithcats

Charlie Kufs has been crunching numbers for over thirty years. He retired in 2019 and is currently working on Stats with Kittens, the prequel to Stats with Cats.
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