Igor Kromin |   Consultant. Coder. Blogger. Tinkerer. Gamer.

When I added a bunch of fans to my TV unit I ended up collecting lots of temporal temperature change data that was quite 'noisy'. Statistics is not my strong point so I was looking at a quick and easy way of cleaning this up for plotting and settled on something that can be done in a few steps in Google Drive Sheets.

This approach will not work in all cases but did for me. The noise was due to the temperature sensor behaving strangely so all I really needed to do was ignore a bunch of data. My samples were 1 second apart originally and when plotted looked like this...
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That wasn't ideal for me. To address this I created a new column and put the following formula into it, then filled that down all the way to match the number of data rows I had.
 Formula
=mod(row(), 60)


What this gives me is a counter that goes from 0-59 and then resets again and cycles like this all the way down my data.

After I had this additional column, I selected it and used the filter button to make it a filtered column.
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Pressing the filter icon on the column let me specify which values I wanted to see, so I selected 0, 15, 30 and 45. This roughly translated to 4 samples per minute now, instead of 60 i.e. a sample 15s apart. Effectively this reduced the resolution of my data but also had the side effect of filtering out lots of the noise.
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So now I was left with a subset of my original data...
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Creating a chart from this data meant the chart would only display the data that was not filtered out! With my subset of data the chart looked much cleaner!
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There are statistically better ways of doing this kind of filtering, this one is just quick and easy and worked in my case. I wouldn't use it in all situations.



Matt has written an excellent follow up article to my post, so check it out - Haar wavelets in Google docs (and R).
I've also uploaded my original data set in case anyone is interested: ps4_fan_data_set.zip [22.76 Kb] (76 downloads)


-i

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