1. Introduction to Make Inferences from Data

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Just like the data you create when you use the internet or shop in-store, your driving habits also create data.

This data can be used to train computers to identify patterns and make suggestions for you.

For instance, if you drive to school every weekday morning, your smartphone may suggest the best time to leave, report traffic conditions, and provide the quickest route.

In this lesson, you will examine a spreadsheet of data about a pretend person’s driving habits.

Then, you will build a pivot table to see how often the user visited various locations.

Next, you will use the driving data to create a map with markers identifying the locations visited.

This will enable you to make inferences about the user.

When you make an inference, you draw a conclusion about something because of known facts or evidence.

Inferences may include: Where the user goes to school, Where the user works, And the user’s favorite activities.

Finally, you will consider your personal feelings about technology being used to make inferences about someone.

For instance, you might be comfortable letting your car insurance company collect this kind of data about you if it means that you receive a discounted rate.

But what if your data was being used by your pharmacy, the local police department, or the leasing agency for your apartment complex?

What would you want them to know about you?

What would you prefer stayed private?

To work on this lesson, sign in to your Google account.

If you are not signed in, do so now.

If you do not have a Google account, pause the video and create one.

Next, select one of the starter project spreadsheets.

Each spreadsheet has data about a different pretend person and their simulated driving habits over one week.

Make a copy of the starter project.

Remove the words “Copy of” and add your name to the title.

Then, move on to the next video to begin working with the data in the spreadsheet you selected.

Now, it’s your turn: Choose and copy one of the starter project spreadsheets.

And rename the starter project to include your name.


  1. Choose and copy one of the starter project spreadsheets.
  2. Rename the starter project to include your name.