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CIRSS Seminar - What Happens When Your Data Aren’t Numbers?


Friday, January 31, 2020
4pm - 5pm

131 IS

Event Details

Session leaders: Elizabeth Wickes, iSchool Lecturer
Description: Many researchers and analysts work with data heavily populated with text, or are loosely structured text, and images. Many tutorials, training, and packages presume a purely numerical world, or ignore the transformations necessary for preparing this kind of data for numerical analysis. This talk will focus on highlighting the transformation pathways for this kind of data, exploring the consequences of not including this kind of data in tutorials, and suggestions for understanding the needs of these data projects.

Mini bio:
Elizabeth Wickes is a Lecturer at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois, where she teaches programming, data curation, and information technology courses.  She was previously a Data Curation Specialist for the Research Data Service at the University Library of the University of Illinois, and the Curation Manager for Wolfram|Alpha. She currently co-organizes the Champaign-Urbana Python user group, has been a Carpentries instructor since 2015, trainer since 2017, an elected member of The Carpentries’ Executive Council for 2018-2020, and serving as Chair of the Executive Council for 2020.

[Reprise of a PyData Ann Arbor talk in December 2019.]

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