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Exploratory Data Analysis

Exploratory data analysis (EDA) can be seen in contrast to traditional hypothesis testing. While the testing of hypotheses always requires an a priori assumption (or hypothesis) about the data (e.g. "There is a difference in the life expectation between smokers and non-smokers"), exploratory data analysis is not based on any a priori assumptions. Any method can be used to identify systematic relations between the variables.

In a typical exploratory data analysis all variables are taken into account using both graphical (e.g. scatter plots) and formal methods (e.g. principal component analysis) to search for systematic patterns.

Last Update: 2012-10-08