The term "Data Cleaning" is used to describe outlier checking, date parsing, missing value imputation to structuring datasets (organizing data values within a dataset) to facilitate analysis.

The latter is commonly referred to as "Data Tidying" but what about the former? I have seen outlier checking, date parsing and missing value imputation referred to as "soft processing", however I wonder if this is a commonly used term.

If I describe a component of data cleaning as "soft processing" is it reasonable to assume that knowledgeable people will know that I am referring to outlier checking, date parsing and missing value imputation?

In the field of Data Science, is there a commonly accepted phrase or term that umbrellas outlier checking, date parsing and missing value imputation.

  • $\begingroup$ Validation, preprocessing... $\endgroup$
    – Emre
    Jul 26, 2017 at 19:34
  • $\begingroup$ @Emre is this an answer or a suggestion? $\endgroup$
    – grldsndrs
    Jul 26, 2017 at 19:36
  • $\begingroup$ Yes. These are common terms; use what fits. Soft processing is not a clear or common term. $\endgroup$
    – Emre
    Jul 26, 2017 at 19:43
  • $\begingroup$ @Emre why not make it an answer?; as opposed to a comment. $\endgroup$
    – grldsndrs
    Jul 26, 2017 at 19:54

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If you're not modifying anything you can call it validation. If you are, you can call it preprocessing.


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