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How to Summarize Data by Month (Quantified Self Toronto Quick Tip #1)

1. 1. How to summarizeyour data by monthQuick Tip #1 fromQuantified Self Toronto (QuantifiedSelf.ca)Sacha Chua
2. 2. Let’s say that you’ve been tracking data for a while…File Store Date Time Name Total Item name Category113117. Nofrills 11-24-12 12:45:41Bean 0.78Green beans Vegetablesjpg Lower Food Green Prices113117. Nofrills 11-24-12 12:45:41Chinese 0.87Chinese Vegetablesjpg Lower Food Cabbage cabbage Prices113117. Nofrills 11-24-12 12:45:41FM Pie 5.49Apple pie Snacksjpg Lower Food App Prices113117. Nofrills 11-24-12 12:45:41KR Case 2.37Unknown Otherjpg Lower Food Drsg Prices113117. Nofrills 11-24-12 12:45:41NN Soup 2.07Beef soup Soupjpg Lower Food Beef Prices113117. Nofrills 11-24-12 12:45:41Potato 3.14Baking Vegetables
3. 3. Now you want to summarizeyour data by month• Balance out daily variations• See seasonal patterns and overall trends
4. 4. How to summarize your data(Microsoft Excel)• Calculate the month so that you can group by it: =DATE(YEAR(…), MONTH(…), 1)• Summarize your data using Insert > Pivot Table
5. 5. =DATE(YEAR(…), MONTH(…), 1)
6. 6. Microsoft Excel: Pivot Tables
7. 7. How to summarize your data(OpenOffice.org)• Calculate the month so that you can group by it: =DATE(YEAR(…); MONTH(…); 1)• Summarize your data using Data > Pivot Table > Create
8. 8. Have fun analyzing!Slides available atquantifiedself.caSacha Chua (quantified@sachachua.com)QuantifiedAwesome.com