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exploratory data analysis

Edited by Andrew Butterfield, Gerard Ekembe Ngondi and Anne Kerr

in A Dictionary of Computer Science

Seventh edition

Published in print January 2016 | ISBN: 9780199688975
Published online January 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780191768125
exploratory data analysis

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A term invented by J. W. Tukey to denote techniques for looking at numerical data with a view to discerning pattern. Exploratory data analysis is open-ended and makes few prior assumptions about the nature of any pattern that may be found. Graphical techniques are freely used. It can be contrasted with model-fitting techniques, which make highly specific prior assumptions. ...

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Subjects: Computing

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