Getting to Know Your Data

You’re going to want to understand the following: what kinds of characteristics or areas make up your data? What are the values of each attribute? What are the discrete characteristics and which are continuously valued? What is the look of the data? How are the values distributed? Can we visualize the data in order to get a better sense of it all? Can we find outliers? Can we evaluate the resemblance between some data objects and others? The subsequent assessment will assist to gain such insight into the data. Knowledge of your data is helpful for pre-processing data, the first important task of data analysis.

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