Beginning on Kaggle



I’ve finished (?) the beginning steps on my first project on Kaggle! I likely am not completely done but as a beginner, I don’t know what I don’t know.

I cleaned a pretty messy data set. The dataset included data on mortgages originated and mortgage applications for the state of Kansas during 2020. In the financial services/banking industry, this is called HMDA data because it is required under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act.

My eventual plan is to find some meaningful analysis with this data, but my first step was to make it more presentable and easier to work with. This required several Python packages and some tutorials to get the basics down.

If you’d like to take a look at the data that I’ve gathered so far: click here!

If you’re new to data analysis and refining your skills like, what projects are you working on? Are you working on your skillset generally or are you completing a structured program of some kind?

– J


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  • Beginning on Kaggle

    Beginning on Kaggle

    I’ve finished (?) the beginning steps on my first project on Kaggle! I likely am not completely done but as a beginner, I don’t know what I don’t know. I cleaned a pretty messy data set. The dataset included data on mortgages originated and mortgage applications for the state of Kansas during 2020. In the […]


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