Detecting Outliers in Data
IN THIS CHAPTER
Understanding what is an outlier
Distinguishing between extreme values and novelties
Using simple statistics for catching outliers
Finding out most tricky outliers by advanced techniques
Errors happen when you least expect, and that’s also true in regard to your data. In addition, data errors are difficult to spot, especially when your dataset contains many variables of different types and scale. Data errors can take a number of forms. For example, the values may be systematically missing on certain variables, erroneous numbers could appear here and there, and the data could include outliers. A red flag has to be raised when:
- Missing values on certain groups of cases or variables imply that some specific cause is generating the error.
- Erroneous values depend on how the application has produced or manipulated the data. For instance, you need to know whether the application has obtained data from a measurement instrument...