A survey on pre-processing techniques: relevant issues in the context of environmental data mining
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One of the important issues related with all types of data analysis, either statistical data analysis, machine learning, data mining, data science or whatever form of data-driven modeling, is data quality. The more complex the reality to be analyzed is, the higher the risk of getting low quality data. Unfortunately real data often contain noise, uncertainty, errors, redundancies or even irrelevant information. Useless models will be obtained when built over incorrect or incomplete data. As a consequence, the quality of decisions made over these models, also depends on data quality. This is why pre-processing is one of the most critical steps of data analysis in any of its forms. However, pre-processing has not been properly systematized yet, and little research is focused on this. In this paper a survey on most popular pre-processing steps required in environmental data analysis is presented, together with a proposal to systematize it. Rather than providing technical details on specific pre-processing techniques, the paper focus on providing general ideas to a non-expert user, who, after reading them, can decide which one is the more suitable technique required to solve his/her problem.
CitationGibert, Karina, Sànchez-Marrè, M., Izquierdo, J. A survey on pre-processing techniques: relevant issues in the context of environmental data mining. "AI communications: the european journal of artificial intelligence", Desembre 2016, vol. 29, núm. 6, p. 627-663.
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