In This Chapter
Understanding the most important questions answered by Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA)
Seeing how to use EDA to determine if a dataset conforms to your assumptions
This chapter covers ten key questions about a dataset that can be answered by using exploratory data analysis (EDA). These questions focus on the statistical properties of the data, along with the distribution followed by the data and the nature of the relationships among the variables in the data.
Prior to performing any type of statistical analysis, understanding the nature of the data being analyzed is essential. You can use EDA to identify the properties of a dataset to determine the most appropriate statistical methods to apply to the data. You can investigate several types of properties with EDA techniques, including the following: