Analyze Survey Data using Principal Component Analysis

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In this Guided Project, you will:

Understand the fundamentals of Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and identify opportunities to combine variables.

Conduct correlation testing with various sets of variables in Google Sheets.

Combine highly correlated variables, visualize the data, and consider next steps in Google Sheets.

Clock2 hours
AdvancedAdvanced
CloudNo download needed
VideoSplit-screen video
Comment DotsEnglish
LaptopDesktop only

Survey data sets are often deceptively complex because surveys collect a wide variety of data covering a wide variety of topics and experiences. To further the complexity of survey data, the respondents answering the questions come from a wide variety of backgrounds and stages in their customer journey. It is reasonable that it would be a challenge to boil down survey data into actionable insights because it can be deceptively complex. With large sets of data, Principal Component Analysis or PCA is a useful tool that reduces and transforms variables to a leaner form that allows for a speedier analysis. In this project you will gain hands-on experience with the principles of Principal Component Analysis using survey data. To do this you will work in the free-to-use spreadsheet software Google Sheets. By the end of this project, you will be able to confidently apply Principal Component Analysis concepts to transform large sets of variables into a leaner set of data that still contains the most relevant information. Note: This course works best for learners who are based in the North America region. We’re currently working on providing the same experience in other regions.

Skills you will develop

Survey MethodologyMining InsightsBusiness InsightsData AnalysisPrincipal Component Analysis (PCA)

Learn step-by-step

In a video that plays in a split-screen with your work area, your instructor will walk you through these steps:

  1. Review the fundamentals of Principal Component Analysis (PCA) and combining variables.

  2. Identify use cases for PCA and refine variable selection for the project.

  3. Access Google Sheets, import survey data, and examine variables that are likely correlated.

  4. Conduct correlation testing with various sets of variables.

  5. Combine highly correlated variables, create a visualization, and consider next steps.

How Guided Projects work

Your workspace is a cloud desktop right in your browser, no download required

In a split-screen video, your instructor guides you step-by-step

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