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Data Preparation for Predictive Analytics

Duration: One Day Course or Two Day Workshop

Prerequisite: None

Course Outline

This one-day session will expose analytics practitioners, data scientists, and those looking to get started in predictive analytics to the critical importance of selecting, transforming, and properly preparing data ahead of model building. The instructor will present the characteristics of varying data types, how to address data quality issues, and how to understand data representations that fit various project types.

Participants will learn that data outliers are often not errors in the data, but sometimes the data points of most interest. Live demonstrations will reinforce why problem context is required to understand how to deal with outliers and why undertreating extreme values can introduce model bias. This session will cover a wide range of data preparation exercises—from data sandbox construction to the creation of training, test, and validation data sets for model development.

You Will Learn To

  • Prepare a data sandbox for predictive analytics
  • Detect and treat missing data and data quality issues
  • Match data representations to fitting project types
  • Construct various data transformations
  • Handle data outliers without biasing model performance
  • Build "train/test/validation" data sets for model development
  • Leave with resources, skills, and plans to confidently process raw data for analytics

Geared To

  • Analytics practitioners
  • Data scientists
  • IT professionals
  • Technology planners
  • Consultants
  • Business analysts
  • Analytics project leaders

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Yvonne Baho

Yvonne M. Baho Director, Enterprise Learning
Phone: 978.582.7105


"The instructor was very responsive to input from the class and adapted to meet the needs specific to our context. I especially appreciated the many case studies and focus on assessment."

S. Bessias UNC Healthcare

"Very good overall view of DW concepts and provided valuable insight for such a varied audience."

Jerry Bundt Nestle Purina

"This was the best training class I’ve had in my 20 year career."

Tim Grieb Seattle Children’s Hospital

"The instructor did an excellent job and demonstrated an understanding of real world applications."

Sean Dewulf Con-way Freight


Yvonne Baho Yvonne M. Baho
Director, Enterprise Learning
Phone: 978.582.7105
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