Basic Interactive Unix for Data Processing

Basic Interactive Unix for Data Processing

Abstract:

For most types of “conversational” data analysis problems, using Unix tools interactively is a superior alternative to downloading data files into a spreadsheet application (e.g. Excel) or writing one-shot custom scripts. The technique is to use combinations of standard Unix tools (and a very small number of general purpose Python scripts). This allows one to accomplish much more than might seem possible, especially with tabular data.

A reminder that not all data analysis requires you to pull out an app.

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