Data Context Informed Data Wrangling


The process of preparing potentially large and complex data sets for further analysis or manual examination is often called data wrangling. In classical warehousing environments, the steps in such a process have been carried out using Extract-Transform-Load platforms, with significant manual involvement in specifying, configuring or tuning many of them. Cost-effective data wrangling processes need to ensure that data wrangling steps benefit from automation wherever possible. In this paper, we define a methodology to fully automate an end-to-end data wrangling process incorporating data context, which associates portions of a target schema with potentially spurious extensional data of types that are commonly available. Instance-based evidence together with data profiling paves the way to inform automation in several steps within the wrangling process, specifically, matching, mapping validation, value format transformation, and data repair. The approach is evaluated with real estate data showing substantial improvements in the results of automated wrangling.

In IEEE International Conference on Big Data (IEEE Big Data 2017) , 2017