CARwash: Data cleaning in Excel

  • Event: 2018 IRE Conference
  • Speaker: Meredith Broussard of New York University
  • Date/Time: Friday, Jun. 15 at 3:45pm
  • Location: Coral B
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Dirty data lurk everywhere: in text files, spreadsheets, databases and PDFs. We'll walk you through some examples of the most common types of dirty data, point out telltale signs of data illness and explain how you can whip data into shape using some simple tools and methods.

This session is good for: People with some experience working with data in columns and rows, in spreadsheets or database managers.

Speaker Bios

  • Meredith Broussard is an assistant professor at the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute of New York University and the author of Artificial Unintelligence: How Computers Misunderstand the World. Her research focuses on artificial intelligence in investigative reporting, with a particular interest in using data analysis for social good. Follow her on Twitter @merbroussard or contact her via

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