Information Systems Education Journal, v17 n6 p22-29 Dec 2019. 8 pp.
Data Analysis, Error Patterns, Data Collection, Spreadsheets, Data Use, Business Administration Education, Introductory Courses, Data Processing, and Statistics
Quantitative decision making (management science, business statistics) textbooks rarely address data cleansing issues, rather, these textbooks come with neat, clean, well-formatted data sets for the student to perform analysis on. However, with a majority of the data analyst's time spent on gathering, cleaning, and pre-conditioning data, students need to be trained on what to look for when generating or receiving data. A critical scan of the data needs to be performed (at a minimum) to look for errors in the data set before data analysis can be performed.