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How to Clean Numerical Data in Excel Using COUNT and COUNTIF

How to Clean Numerical Data in Excel Using COUNT and COUNTIF

Cleaning numerical data can take a ridiculous amount of time – if you’re cleaning it manually, that is. Learning to use a few simple formulae in Excel can save you time, hassle and having to explain to your boss why that analysis report isn’t on his desk yet, a mere 2 weeks after he gave you…

How to Clean Text Data Without Manual Data Manipulation

How to Clean Text Data Without Manual Data Manipulation

There is plenty of information in Excel’s help files about the way Microsoft suggests that you use them. You can learn a lot from them but did you know that there are actually alternative uses of these functions and formulae? It’s actually these alternative uses that turn out to be the most valuable because they can help…

Top 3 Tips for Data Classification

Top 3 Tips for Data Classification

This is the third blog post in the series, following hot on the heels of 11 Essential Tips for Effective Data Collection and 5 Productivity Tips for Efficient Data Cleansing. Here we deal with the classification of data, and I’m going to give you my Top 3 Tips. Continue Reading

5 Productivity Tips for Efficient Data Cleansing

5 Productivity Tips for Efficient Data Cleansing

The previous blog post in this series 11 Essential Tips for Effective Data Collection dealt with practical data collection methods. This blog post is the second in the series and deals with data cleaning (aka data cleansing or data scrubbing). Data cleaning may not be everyone’s favourite part of working with data, but it’s definitely one of the…

11 Essential Tips for Effective Data Collection

11 Essential Tips for Effective Data Collection

We live in an increasingly rich world of data – the amount of data that currently exists doubles every 18 months. That’s a phenomenal rate of growth and we’re just at the beginning of an incredible journey creating awesome intelligent applications that can handle these unimaginable amounts of data automatically. This Big Data movement is happening at one…

Life, The Universe and Everything…

Life, The Universe and Everything…

42, according to Douglas Adams in his seminal book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, is the “Answer to The Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything”… I’ve analysed this claim in great depth and found it to be absolutely true! Continue Reading