Data Cleaning

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Data cleaning is the process of fixing or removing incorrect, duplicate, or incomplete data within a dataset. It improves data quality, ensuring accurate and reliable information for decision-making. Learn why data cleaning is necessary and the essential reasons to clean your data.


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  1. Data Cleaning

  2. Data Cleaning Data Cleaning is the process of fixing or removing incorrect, formatted , duplicate, or incomplete data within a dataset. Data cleansing improves data quality and helps provide more accurate, consistent and reliable information for decision-making in an organization. corrupted, incorrect

  3. Why Data Cleaning is Necessary

  4. Why Data Cleaning is Necessary Data cleaning might seem uninteresting, but it s one of the most important tasks you would have to do as a data science professional. Having wrong or bad quality data can be detrimental to your processes and analysis. Poor data can cause a stellar algorithm to fail. On the other hand, high-quality data can cause a simple algorithm to give you outstanding results. There are many data cleaning techniques, and you should get familiar with them to improve your data quality. Not all data is useful. So that s another major factor that affects your data quality. Poor quality data can come from many sources.

  5. Cont.. Usually, they are a result of human error, but they can also arise if a lot of data is combined from different sources. Multichannel data is not only important, but it is also the norm. So as a data scientist, you can expect errors from this type of data. They can cause incorrect insights in your project and sidetrack your data analysis process. This is why data cleaning methods in data analysis are so important.

  6. Reasons why data cleaning is essential Efficiency Having inconsistent values) can help you in performing your analysis a lot considerable amount of time by doing this task beforehand. When you clean your data before using it, you d be able to avoid multiple errors. If you use data containing false values, your results won t be accurate. A data scientist has to spend significantly more time cleaning and purifying data than analyzing it. clean data (free from wrong and faster. You d save a

  7. Error Margin When you don t use accurate data for analysis, you will surely make mistakes. Suppose, you ve gotten a lot of effort and time into analyzing a specific group of datasets. You are very eager to show the results to your superior, but in the meeting, your superior points out a few mistakes the situation gets kind of embarrassing and painful. Wouldn t you want to avoid such mistakes from happening? Not only embarrassment, but resources. Data cleansing helps you in that regard full stop it is a widespread practice, and you should learn the methods used to clean data. do they also cause waste they

  8. Determining Data Quality Is The Data Valid? (Validity) The validity of your data is the degree to which it follows the rules of your particular requirements. For example, you how to import phone numbers of different customers, but in some places, you added email addresses in the data. Now because your needs were explicitly for phone numbers, the email addresses would be invalid. Validity errors take place when the input method isn t properly inspected. You might be using spreadsheets for collecting your data. And you might enter the wrong information in the cells of the spreadsheet.

  9. Range Some types of numbers have to be in a specific range. For example, the number of products you can transport in a day must have a minimum and maximum value. There would surely be a particular range for the data. There would be a starting point and an end-point.

  10. Data-Type Some data cells might require a specific kind of data, such as numeric, Boolean, etc. For example, in a Boolean section, you wouldn t add a numerical value.

  11. Compulsory constraints In every scenario, there are some mandatory constraints your data should follow. The compulsory restrictions specific needs. Surely, specific columns of your data shouldn t be empty. For example, in the list of your clients names, the column of name can t be empty. depend on your

  12. Cross-field examination There are certain conditions which affect multiple fields of form. Suppose the time of departure of a flight couldn t be earlier than its arrival. In a balance sheet, the sum of the debit and credit of the client must be the same. It can t be different. These values are related to each other, and that s why you might need to perform cross- field examination data in a particular

  13. Unique Requirements Particulars restrictions. Two customers can t have the same customer support ticket. Such kind of data must be unique to a particular field and can t be shared by multiple ones. types of data have unique

  14. Set-Membership Restrictions Some values are restricted to a particular set. Like, gender can either be Male, Female or Unknown.

  15. Regular Patterns Some pieces of data follow a specific format. For example, email addresses have the format randomperson@randomemail.com . phone numbers have ten digits. If the data isn t in the required format, it would also be invalid. If a person omits the @ while entering an email address, then the email address would be invalid, wouldn t it? Checking the validity of your data is the first step to determine its quality. Most of the time, the cause of entry of invalid information is human error. Similarly,

  16. Cont.. Getting rid of it will help you in streamlining your process and avoiding useless data values beforehand.

  17. Consistency

  18. Consistency You can measure consistency by comparing two similar systems. Or, you can check the data values within the same dataset to see if they are consistent or not. Consistency can be relational. For example, a customer s age might be 15, which is a valid value and could be accurate, but they might also be stated senior-citizen in the same system.

  19. Next In such cases, you ll need to cross-check the data, similar to measuring accuracy, and see which value is true. Is the client a 15-year old? Or is the client a senior-citizen? Only one of these values could be true.

  20. There are multiple ways to make your data consistent Check different systems You can take a look at another similar system to find whether the value you have is real or not. If two of your systems are contradicting each other, it might help to check the third one. In our previous example, suppose you check the third system and find the age of the customer is 65. This shows that the second system, which said the customer is a senior citizen, would hold.

  21. Check the latest data Another way to improve the consistency of your data is to check the more recent value. It can be more beneficial to you in specific scenarios. You might have two different contact numbers for a customer in your record. The most recent one would probably be more reliable because it s possible that the customer switched numbers.

  22. Check the source The most fool-proof way to check the reliability of the data is to contact the source simply. In our example of the customer s age, you can opt to contact the customer directly and ask them their age. However, it s not possible in every contacting the source can be highly tricky. Maybe the customer doesn t respond, or their contact information isn t available. scenario and directly

  23. Uniformity You should ensure that all the values you ve entered in your dataset are in the same units. If you re entering SI units for measurements, you can t use the Imperial system in some places. On the other hand, if at one place you ve entered the time in seconds, then you should enter it in this format all across the dataset. This may happen while formatting dates as well. Make sure to use the same date format for all your entries. If you are using the DD/MM/YYYY format, stick to that, do not change it to MM/DD/YYYY for some of the entries, this will contaminate the data and create problems.

  24. Cont.. Checking the uniformity of your records is quite easy. A simple inspection can reveal whether a particular value is in the required unit or not. The units you use for entering your data depend requirements. Checking for uniformity across datasets is one of the most important factors of data cleaning in data analysis. on your specific

  25. Heterogeneous data Heterogeneous data are any data with high variability of data types and formats. They are possibly ambiguous and low quality due to missing values, high data redundancy, and untruthfulness. It is difficult to integrate heterogeneous data to meet the business information demands.

  26. Example Heterogeneous structures that contain diverse types of data, such as integers, doubles, and floats. Linked lists and ordered lists are good examples of these data structures data structures are data

  27. Missing Data Missing data, or missing values, occur when you don't have data stored for certain variables or participants. Data can go missing due to incomplete data entry, equipment malfunctions, lost files, and many other reasons. In any dataset, there are usually some missing data.

  28. Example

  29. Data Transformation Data converting and structuring data into a usable format that can be analyzed to support decision making processes, and to propel the growth of an transformation is used when data needs to be converted to match that of the destination system. transformation is the process of organization. Data

  30. Data Segmentation Data Segmentation is the process of taking the data you hold and dividing it up and grouping similar data together based on the chosen parameters so that you can use it more efficiently within marketing and operations

  31. Example A company might segment customers into groups based on age gender, customer loyalty, geographic location or the product and services customers use most

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