IS 537 Theory and Practice Data Cleaning

Data cleaning (also: cleansing) is the process of assessing and improving data quality for later analysis and use, and is a crucial part of data curation and analysis. This course identifies data quality issues throughout the data lifecycle, and reviews specific techniques and approaches for checking and improving data quality. Techniques are drawn primarily from the database community, using schema-level and instance-level information, and from different scientific communities, which are developing practical tools for data pre-processing and cleaning.

Previously IS532.

Learning objectives

  • Understand how to detect and flag data quality problems.
  • Understand principles of data and information modeling.
  • Understand techniques that support automated data curation and cleaning.

Recent syllabus

Textbooks and Course Materials

Available from the Illinois Union Bookstore (IUB).