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Talk: Ignacio Ojea Quintana (MCMP)

Location: Ludwigstr. 31, ground floor, room 021.

26.10.2022 16:00  – 18:00 


Exploratory Data Analysis: Between Discovery and Justification


This paper examines the relation between confirmatory and discovery practices as they are done in data science. I argue, by taking a closer look at exploratory data analysis (EDA) and different scenarios, that the boundaries between the two contexts are not always clear, and that what is needed is a better understanding of how the two are related. To conclude, I argue that the established practice of EDA constitutes a heuristics of discovery, and offer some suggestions on how to improve it.