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Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA) is an approach / philosophy for data analysis that employs a variety of techniques (mostly graphical) to:
EDA is not identical to statistical graphics although the two terms are used almost interchangeably. Statistical graphics is a collection of techniques, all graphically based and all focusing on one data characterization aspect.
EDA encompasses a larger venue: EDA is an approach to data analysis that postpones the usual assumptions about what kind of model the data follow with the more direct approach of allowing the data itself to reveal its underlying structure and model. EDA is not a mere collection of techniques: EDA is a philosophy as to how we dissect a data set; what we look for; how we look; and how we interpret.
The particular graphical techniques employed in EDA are often quite simple, consisting of various techniques of:
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