Intelligent support for exploratory data analysis

Robert S T Amant, Paul R Cohen

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Exploratory data analysis (EDA) is as much a matter of strategy as of selecting specific statistical operations. We have developed a knowledge-based planning system, called AIDE, to help users with EDA. AIDE strikes a balance between conventional statistical packages, which need guidance for every step in the exploration, and autonomous systems, which leave the user entirely out of the decision-making process. AIDE's processing is based on artificial intelligence planning techniques, which give us a useful means of representing some types of statistical strategy. In this article we describe the design of AIDE and its behavior in exploring a small, complex data set.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)545-558
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Computational and Graphical Statistics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes



  • Artificial intelligence
  • Statistical strategy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mathematics(all)
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Statistics and Probability

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