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Fitting Excel Macros into Data Science Pipelines

Bryan Shalloway has a process for us:

While I no longer use it regularly for the purposes of analysis, I will always have a soft spot in my heart for excel. Furthermore, using a “correct” set of data science tools often requires a bridge. Integrating a rigorous component into a messy spreadsheet based pipeline can be an initial step towards the pipeline or team or organization starting on a path of continuous improvement in their processes. Also, spreadsheets are foundational to many (probably most) BizOps teams and therefore are sometimes unavoidable…

In this post I will walk through a short example and some considerations for when you might decide (perhaps against your preferences) to integrate your work with extant spreadsheets or shadow “pipelines” within your organization.

Click through for Bryan’s thoughts on the topic.