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Is the external data source relevant?

External factors have a great influence on businesses thus understanding these factors is very crucial when building a statistical forecast. To know whether an external factor has influence on our analysis or not we should consider the following aspects-

1.Consistency- This means how volatile is the data.

2.Accessibility-This is the ease with which we get data.

3.Frequency of getting data- For yearly decision making a quarterly data would do good but for frequent decision making daily data fits best.

4.Data Granularity-The granularity of data refers to the size in which data fields are sub- divided.

To read more- http://revenueanalytics.com/blog/uncovering-external-influences-in-your-analytics/

 

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