Chapter 1. Introduction to Data Analysis

Data analysis is the process of organizing, cleaning, transforming, and modeling data to obtain useful information and ultimately, new knowledge. The terms data analytics, business analytics, data mining, artificial intelligence, machine learning, knowledge discovery, and big data are also used to describe similar processes. The distinctions of these fields probably lie more in their areas of application than in their fundamental nature. Some argue that these are all part of the new discipline of data science.

The central process of gaining useful information from organized data is managed by the application of computer science algorithms. Consequently, these will be a central focus of this book.

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