Making Data Play Nice
About the Book
Getting data for a story is only the start of the process - sometimes it just won't play nice.
Making Data Play Nice covers the skills to get your data into the right shape to give you answers to the questions you need to ask. Techniques include:
- Using data cleaning tools including Google Refine
- Extracting data from data - getting years from dates, splitting postcodes and other common problems
- Dealing with names - how to deal with titles, middle names and other peculiarities
- Making data work with pivot tables - tackling headers spread across multiple rows, merged cells and other issues
- Grabbing extra data using spreadsheets
- Grabbing extra data using APIs
- Combining multiple spreadsheets into one
- Advanced cleaning using Google Refine Expression Language (GREL)
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