What is Data Wrangling?

What is Data Wrangling?

Data wrangling is the process of cleaning and unifying messy and complex data sets for easy access and analysis.

With the amount of data and data sources rapidly growing and expanding, it is getting increasingly essential for large amounts of available data to be organized for analysis. This process typically includes manually converting and mapping data from one raw form into another format to allow for more convenient consumption and organization of the data.

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The Goals of Data Wrangling

  • Reveal a "deeper intelligence" by gathering data from multiple sources
  • Provide accurate, actionable data in the hands of business analysts in a timely matter
  • Reduce the time spent collecting and organizing unruly data before it can be utilized
  • Enable data scientists and analysts to focus on the analysis of data, rather than the wrangling
  • Drive better decision-making skills by senior leaders in an organization

Key Steps to Data Wrangling

Data Acquisition: Identify and obtain access to the data within your sources.

Joining Data: Combine the edited data for further use and analysis.

Data Cleansing: Redesign the data into a usable and functional format and correct/remove any bad data.

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Monarch is a market leading desktop-based self-service data preparation solution. Monarch connects to multiple data sources including structured and unstructured data, cloud-based data, and big data. Connecting to data, cleansing and manipulating data requires no coding.

Monarch can quickly convert disparate data formats into rows and columns for use in data analytics. Over 80 pre-built data preparation functions mean data preparation tasks can be completed quickly and error free. More time is spent on generating value from data as opposed to making data usable to begin with.

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Streamline Audit Processes with Self-Service Data Preparation

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Enhancing Your RPA Investment With Data Preparation

As more businesses use Robotic Process Automation (RPA) as a means to streamline operations and assess efficiency gaps, there are hurdles to fully realizing its benefits. For instance, existing data is often challenging for RPA processes to handle. Without a good solution, studies indicate that 80% of the time spent on RPA has to do with data preparation.
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