3.1 Data Preprocessing: An Overview

This section presents an overview of data preprocessing. Section 3.1.1 illustrates the many elements defining data quality. This provides the incentive behind data preprocessing. Section 3.1.2 outlines the major tasks in data preprocessing.

3.1.1 Data Quality: Why Preprocess the Data?

Data have quality if they satisfy the requirements of the intended use. There are many factors comprising data quality, including accuracy, completeness, consistency, timeliness, believability, and interpretability.

Imagine that you are a manager at AllElectronics and have been charged with analyzing the company’s data with respect to your branch’s sales. You immediately set out to perform this task. You carefully inspect the ...

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