How to Handle Bad Data Sources

Published on January, 4 2016 by Olivier Travers on our data/viz blog

Quartz just released a “guide to bad data” that maps common data quality issues and how to address them. It’s good stuff:

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Most of these problems can be solved. Some of them can’t be solved and that means you should not use the data. Others can’t be solved, but with precautions you can continue using the data. In order to allow for these ambiguities, this guide is organized by who is best equipped to solve the problem: you, your source, an expert, etc. In the description of each problem you may also find suggestions for what to do if that person can’t help you.