Scientific studies using confirmatory exploratory data analysis limiting tests of significance to calculation of P values have come under increasing criticism. It has been found that it has been impossible to replicate many such studies and their conclusions can therefore not be considered true. So how reliable are the results of confirmatory exploratory data analytic studies for supporting decisions and actions?
I have written an associated page on this subject.
Reliability of Confirmatory Exploratory Data Analysis
In a post written the 27th of October on basic exploratory data analysis I expressed concern about the reliability of its results for supporting decisions and actions if improperly applied.
If improperly done basic exploratory data analysis reminds me of Munchhausen’s Journey to the Moon. I am also reminded of Buddha’s parable about blind Indians trying to describe an elephant.
There is more about this in the associated page:
Reliability of Basic ExploratoryData Analysis – 2
Lately I have been wondering about the reliability of the results of the various types of exploratory data analysis for supporting decisions and actions. How confident can we be in the decisions and actions based on these results and how willing are we to take responsibility for the risks associated with them.
I have composed a page with the same name as the post where I discuss these questions.
Reliability of Basic Exploratory Data Analysis – 1
Perhaps I should have named this post and its associated page:
Basic Exploratory Data Analysis and Munchhausen’s Journey to the Moon
Some of my data analytic projects require data from The World Bank’s “World Development Indicators”. In order to simplify the process of getting the data from WDI to Tableau I have developed a procedure to execute the process.
This procedure is described in the following related set of pages:
From World Development Indicators to Tableau
Datashaping an Excel Table
Pivoting an Excel Datatable
Transforming Data Within Tableau
Kenneth Black has an excellent post related to datashaping an Excel datatable.
Karunaker Molugu (http://got-data.blogspot.com has kindly shown me on Tableau Forum how to pivot an Excel datatable and two methods of transforming data within Tableau