Join Robin Hunt for an in-depth discussion in this video Identifying data, part of Learning Data Analytics.
- Learning how to identify data, and group it is a fundamental skill for an analyst. If you want to be an analyst you have to see data even when it's not obvious or provided. And remember, data is everywhere. Okay, let's start with a simple example of a chair, can you see any data? Some people would say "Well, I see it's color, it's red." Some would say "Well, it's armless." Others would say "Well, it is a chair." These are all examples of data. A data analyst must dig deeper for the data, though so let's look at some more data options.
So the chair has dimensions, like height and width. It also has a weight, these things impact how much it costs to ship. There's also type of materials for the chair and even the manufacturer. Bringing in the manufacturer comes with another set of options to consider like, serial number, does the chair have a warranty? If it does have a warranty it might possibly have a warranty date. You might also be curious how many of the chair you ordered? What date you ordered the chairs? And what did you pay for the chair? Your data lens will get better over time, you just need to exercise it.
Remember, data is everywhere when you look for it.