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VisiData is a fast, powerful, keyboard-driven tool for quickly exploring and summarizing datasets. It's an ideal tool for data journalists, scientists, sysadmins, ML/AI practitioners; anyone who has to interact with a variety of data on a regular basis. In this hands-on workshop, you'll learn VisiData's essentials commands — including how to sort, filter, aggregate, clean, join, and convert datasets from many different sources.
This workshop is good for people who have a basic familiarity with the computer terminal interface. No programming ability is necessary, but basic knowledge of Python and/or regular expressions (regex) will make VisiData even more useful.
Jeremy is a journalist and computer programmer based in New York City, currently working as the data editor for BuzzFeed News. He also publishes Data Is Plural, a weekly newsletter of useful/curious datasets. Previously, Jeremy worked at The Wall Street Journal and, before that, at Slate Magazine.
Saul is a software engineer and data nerd, and the creator of VisiData and other open-source software. In 2016 he scraped thousands of crosswords and discovered long-standing plagiarism by a major crossword editor. Saul lives in Seattle but the terminal is his home.