Guide: Data Exploration / EDA in Julius

Data exploration is a critical initial step in the data analysis process, involving the examination,
cleaning, and transformation of data to uncover patterns, anomalies, and relationships.

This process not only helps in understanding the dataset's structure and content but also in
formulating hypotheses for further analysis and predictive modeling.

Step 1: Upload your dataset and ask Julius to display a preview of the dataset.

You can ask Julius to display the first few rows of the dataset and provide a description of the data types. When you ask Julius for something, it’s best to use simple language in the prompts (See examples of prompts and responses below).

Step 2: Data Description and Summary

Data Description:

Data Summary:

Step 3: Data Cleaning

Based on the initial overview, you might need to clean your data. By getting to know your data better, you (and the AI in Julius) can make informed decisions on how to prepare it for analysis. Julius can help identify missing values, outliers, or incorrect data types and suggest ways to address these issues.

For example, in the next screenshot, I have asked Julius to assist me in cleaning and preparing the dataset for analysis. As you can see, with just a simple prompt, Julius was able to suggest the necessary steps for dataset cleaning and preparation. This is crucial in guiding our subsequent analysis.

Identifying potential outliers for specific key variables in the dataset. Julius then proceeded to explain what outliers are, how to detect them, and how to handle them.

Step 4: More exploratory data analysis (EDA):

Ask Julius to perform EDA. This can include generating descriptive statistics, creating visualizations, and identifying patterns or correlations on selected key variables to help you better understand your data.

For example in the following screenshots, I asked Julius to create various visualizations to explore the important variables in the dataset. Visualizing the data is essential for gaining insights and identifying patterns. Julius provided well-designed histograms, scatterplots, and heat maps. As always, each plot was accompanied by a description or interpretation.

Step 5: Advanced Analysis

Once you and Julius have a clear understanding of your data and your data analysis goals, you can make informed decisions about how to proceed.

This may involve further cleaning, manipulating your data and exploring more advanced analysis techniques. If you need assistance with predictive modeling, clustering, or any other machine-learning tasks, you can ask Julius for tips and suggestions.

Tips for Exploratory Data Analysis:

  • Start with a clear question or objective in mind. This will guide your cleaning and analysis steps.

  • Strive for clarity by using simple and easily understandable language. Provide detailed explanations when necessary.

  • I recommend breaking down your analysis into individual steps and having Julius present the results of each step. This will allow you to assess whether you are achieving the expected outcomes and if Julius has understood your instructions and made any necessary adjustments.

  • Use visualizations to get a better grasp of your data. Julius AI can generate a variety of plots to help you see patterns and outliers.

  • Be mindful of any missing values in your dataset and determine the best strategy for dealing with them, whether that be imputation or exclusion.

  • Make sure not to overlook any categorical variables in your analysis. Use bar charts or frequency tables to examine their distributions.

  • Remember that data exploration is typically a step-by-step process. Continuously explore various variables and visualizations to obtain a thorough understanding of the dataset.


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Really helpful for prep and starting analysis of medical data.

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