Descriptive Analytics is the examination of data or content, usually manually performed, to answer the question “What happened?”.

In order to be able to solve this set of exercises you should have solved the part 0 and’part 1 , and part 2 of this series but also you should run this script which contain some more data cleaning. In case you haven’t, run this script in your machine which contains the lines of code we used to modify our data set. This is the fourth set of exercise of a series of exercises that aims to provide a descriptive analytics solution to the ‘2008’ data set from here. This data set which contains the arrival and departure information for all domestic flights in the US from 2008 has become the “iris” data set for Big Data. Outliers treatment is a vital part of descriptive analytics since outliers can lead to misleading conclusions regarding our data. So it is an important skill to have in your skill set. The following exercise demonstrates some of the basic and fairly simplistic methods of treating outliers. For more sophisticated methods of dealing with outliers check out this . But keep in mind that many people claim that ‘eyes beat maths’ when it comes to outliers. Before proceeding, it might be helpful to look over the help pages for the ` table`

, ` subset`

,`boxplot.stats`

, ` %in%`

, ` ifelse`

, ` rp.outlier`

, ` scores`

.

For this set of exercises you will need to install and load the package ` rapportools`

,` outliers`

.

`install.packages('rapportools')`

`library(rapportools)`

`install.packages('outliers')`

`library(outliers)`

Answers to the exercises are available here.

If you obtained a different (correct) answer than those listed on the solutions page, please feel free to post your answer as a comment on that page.

**Exercise 1**

Print the summary statistics and the structure of the dataset in order to see the type of variables and their extreme values, whether it makes sense or not .

**Exercise 2**

When it comes to categorical variables, outliers are considered to be the values of which frequency is less than 1% , `barplot`

of `flights$UniqueCarrier`

and `flights$CancellationCode`

. What do you think? There are more categorical variables , so I encourage you to try them out as well.

**Exercise 3**

Remove the outliers that you have noticed at the barplots of the previous exercise, consider the function `subset`

.

**Exercise 4**

A good way of detecting outliers from numerical variables is `boxplot`

, make one with `flights$ActualElapsedTime`

.

**Exercise 5**

Remove the outliers of `flights$ActualElapsedTime`

using `boxplot.stats`

.

**Exercise 6**

Remove outliers from `flights`

using the `subset`

function ,where ` TaxiIn `

is greater than 0 and less than 120.

**Exercise 7**

Remove outliers from `flights`

using the `subset`

function ,where ` TaxiOut `

is greater than 0 and less than 50.

**Exercise 8**

Assign NA value if the value is an outlier of `flights$ArrDelay`

using the `ifelse`

function.

**Exercise 9**

Use the `rp.outlier`

to detect and remove the outliers using the Lund Test from `flights$Distance`

, use the `rapportools`

.

**Exercise 10**

Find the 2% most extreme values of `flights$CRSElapsedTime`

using the `scores`

with chi-square method.

Pablo EscobaR says

“When it comes to categorical variables, outliers are considered to be the values of which frequency is less than 10%”

Do you have a source for this or did you just make it up off the top of your head?

“Assign NA value if the value is an outlier of flights_exp$ArrDelay using the ifelse function.”

If this site is about teaching new users to use R efficiently, why are you asking them to use a slow method like ifelse? How about you encourage them to use methods that will speed up their code?

flights_exp[ which(flights_exp$ArrDelay y), “ArrDelay”] <- NA

Where `x` and `y` define min and max of outliers.

Vasileios Tsakalos says

Hello ! Thanks for your comment!

I am sorry for the mistake , I wanted to write 1% . If you see the solutions I remove the ones that are less than 1%.

Regarding the ‘ifelse’ statement , the goal of the exercises is to make users experiment with statements in order to get to know their purpose.

I prefer keeping things simple for users since that exercise is for beginners.

I really appreciate your feedback.

Cheers !

T Doner says

page not found. The instruction “you should run this script” leads to a page not found.

Vasileios Tsakalos says

Hello T Doner,

Thanks for noticing, it is fixed.

Cheers!