Link: Clean data is the best weapon against the monkey insurrection

Published 2012-06-15

Need to clean up your data? Tom Meagher offers up this Google Refine walkthrough -- with a bit of a theme -- from this week's 2012 IRE Conference.

For anyone unfamiliar with it, the infinite monkey theorem more or less says that given an infinite amount of time and an infinite number of monkeys with typewriters, eventually the monkeys will write the complete works of Shakespeare or “A Tale of Two Cities.” When you look at a lot of public data, this is what it’s like.