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Data Integrity – Don’t Let Chinese Whispers Kill Your Data

Data Integrity – Don’t Let Chinese Whispers Kill Your Data

​I’m sure you’ve all heard about the party game Chinese Whispers, where a message is given to a person at one end of a line and is then whispered to the next, then the next, and so on until it reaches its eventual destination at the other end. Typically, small changes in the message occur…

3 Crucial Tips for Data Processing and Analysis

3 Crucial Tips for Data Processing and Analysis

Let’s say you have collected your data and have a nice, clean dataset. You’re ready to start doing your analysis. Hold on there cowboy, not so fast. You wouldn’t start building your house without putting the foundations in place, would you? The last thing you need is for all your hard work to come crashing down because…

How to Clean Your Data Quickly in 5 Steps

How to Clean Your Data Quickly in 5 Steps

Did you know that Data Scientists spend 80% of their time cleaning data and the other 20% complaining about it? Yeah, you’re right – it’s not funny. But then there isn’t anything funny about data cleaning. It’s not just the Data Scientists that complain about it though, it’s pretty much everybody that works with data. It doesn’t have…

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.  OK, so we learnt how to collect, record and store our data (in Excel) and…

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…