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For data collected through both paper and digital surveys, you should conduct some basic data checks before carrying out thorough data cleaning. Keep reading for 4 basic data checks that you can use to check for underlying errors in almost any data set. Number of Respondents vs. Rows For any kind of survey, you should always match the number of rows…

The number of villages in India is anywhere between 600,000 and one million, according to various government databases. The number and the definition of villages vary across databases, making it challenging to plan across sectors for a village development plan. There are around 649,481 villages in India, according to Census 2011, the most authoritative source of information about administrative boundaries…

Girish Mathrubootham, Founder and CEO of Freshworks The one area of business where data is separating the winners from the losers at the fastest clip is the race to understand customer behavior. Across sectors, data is increasingly seen as the most potent weapon in the battle for customer acquisition and retention. Little wonder that from likes and shares on social…

Anu Acharya is founder and CEO of MapMyGenome India, a Hyderabad-based genomics company. GenomePatri, its flagship product, helps you discover your genetic predisposition – what diseases you are likely to get, for instance – by profiling your gene makeup. The vision: “Better Health through Technology”. Acharya, who is an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur and the University of Illinois and holds…

Development professionals work to make positive change happen through their programs and initiatives. However, it is very hard for them to measure their projects’ impact and evaluate how efficient they are. The best development projects are identified by their impact and their efficiency, and the best way to measure these is through a good project monitoring and evaluation system. In the…

From solving hard business challenges with IBM’s emerging markets strategy division to tackling complex civic problems as the Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil), Rangia, Kamrup District, Assam, Kailash Karthik’s career is a study in contrasts. As a young bureaucrat, Karthik says he was sold on the power of data and technology in aiding efficient decision making. But his journey so far has thrown up…

Last week, we analyzed data on 475 coups around the world from the past 66 years and learned that another coup in Turkey wouldn’t be shocking. This week, we turn our attention to the economic impact of coups. Geopolitics and economics tend to have a messy, confusing relationship. And where there is confusion, there’s often only one way of getting…

What Is Probability Sampling? Population sampling is the process of picking a representative subset of a population, in order to conduct research over the entire population. While the most accurate results can be obtained if the entire population is considered, it is neither feasible nor practical. This is exactly why the Census of India, which covers every Indian citizen, is…