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How to summarize
your data by month
Quick Tip #1 from
Quantified Self Toronto (QuantifiedSelf.ca)
Sacha Chua
Let’s say that you’ve been
 tracking data for a while…
File   Store         Date    Time    Name       Total   Item name Category

113117. Nofrills     11-24-12 12:45:41Bean         0.78Green beans Vegetables
jpg     Lower Food                    Green
        Prices
113117. Nofrills     11-24-12 12:45:41Chinese      0.87Chinese     Vegetables
jpg     Lower Food                    Cabbage          cabbage
        Prices
113117. Nofrills     11-24-12 12:45:41FM Pie       5.49Apple pie   Snacks
jpg     Lower Food                    App
        Prices
113117. Nofrills     11-24-12 12:45:41KR Case      2.37Unknown     Other
jpg     Lower Food                    Drsg
        Prices
113117. Nofrills     11-24-12 12:45:41NN Soup      2.07Beef soup   Soup
jpg     Lower Food                    Beef
        Prices
113117. Nofrills     11-24-12 12:45:41Potato       3.14Baking      Vegetables
Now you want to summarize
your data by month
• Balance out daily variations
• See seasonal patterns and overall
  trends
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
=DATE(YEAR(…), MONTH(…), 1)
Microsoft Excel: Pivot Tables
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
Have fun analyzing!
Slides available at
quantifiedself.ca

Sacha Chua (quantified@sachachua.com)
QuantifiedAwesome.com

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

  • 1. How to summarize your data by month Quick Tip #1 from Quantified Self Toronto (QuantifiedSelf.ca) Sacha Chua
  • 2. Let’s say that you’ve been tracking data for a while… File Store Date Time Name Total Item name Category 113117. Nofrills 11-24-12 12:45:41Bean 0.78Green beans Vegetables jpg Lower Food Green Prices 113117. Nofrills 11-24-12 12:45:41Chinese 0.87Chinese Vegetables jpg Lower Food Cabbage cabbage Prices 113117. Nofrills 11-24-12 12:45:41FM Pie 5.49Apple pie Snacks jpg Lower Food App Prices 113117. Nofrills 11-24-12 12:45:41KR Case 2.37Unknown Other jpg Lower Food Drsg Prices 113117. Nofrills 11-24-12 12:45:41NN Soup 2.07Beef soup Soup jpg Lower Food Beef Prices 113117. Nofrills 11-24-12 12:45:41Potato 3.14Baking Vegetables
  • 3. Now you want to summarize your data by month • Balance out daily variations • See seasonal patterns and overall trends
  • 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
  • 7.
  • 8. 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
  • 9. Have fun analyzing! Slides available at quantifiedself.ca Sacha Chua (quantified@sachachua.com) QuantifiedAwesome.com