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What makes a good modeler (or data miner, or analyst)? While many skills are useful, the most important traits are curiosity, creativity and intuition for how to answer important questions using data. Curiosity and creativity are arguably inborn, but intuition for data comes from time spent exploring it. Exploratory analysis is a crucial part of any data mining project. This white paper illustrates the process by exploring the house file of a catalog retailer in preparation for building response models and segmenting customers. The author is Michael Berry, co-founder of Data Miners Inc., and Business Intelligence Director at TripAdvisor for Business.
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