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Python Data Cleaning Cookbook

By : Michael Walker
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Python Data Cleaning Cookbook

By: Michael Walker

Overview of this book

Getting clean data to reveal insights is essential, as directly jumping into data analysis without proper data cleaning may lead to incorrect results. This book shows you tools and techniques that you can apply to clean and handle data with Python. You'll begin by getting familiar with the shape of data by using practices that can be deployed routinely with most data sources. Then, the book teaches you how to manipulate data to get it into a useful form. You'll also learn how to filter and summarize data to gain insights and better understand what makes sense and what does not, along with discovering how to operate on data to address the issues you've identified. Moving on, you'll perform key tasks, such as handling missing values, validating errors, removing duplicate data, monitoring high volumes of data, and handling outliers and invalid dates. Next, you'll cover recipes on using supervised learning and Naive Bayes analysis to identify unexpected values and classification errors, and generate visualizations for exploratory data analysis (EDA) to visualize unexpected values. Finally, you'll build functions and classes that you can reuse without modification when you have new data. By the end of this Python book, you'll be equipped with all the key skills that you need to clean data and diagnose problems within it.
Table of Contents (12 chapters)

Changing series values conditionally

So, changing series values is often more complicated than the previous recipe suggests. We often need to set series values based on the values of one or more other series for that row of data. This is complicated further when we need to set series values based on values from other rows; say, a previous value for an individual, or the mean for a subset. We will deal with these complications in this and the next recipe.

Getting ready

We will work with land temperature data and the National Longitudinal Survey data in this recipe.

Data note

The land temperature dataset contains the average temperature readings (in Celsius) in 2019 from over 12,000 stations across the world, though the majority of the stations are in the United States. The raw data was retrieved from the Global Historical Climatology Network integrated database. It has been made available for public use by the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration...