Different versions of your data are stored in different subfolders of the Data Folder.
Contents of the Data Folder
InputData/: The data files you initially obtain or construct at the beginning of your project.
AnalysisData/: Files containing data that you have cleaned and processed so that they are ready to be used in the analysis you conduct for the project.
IntermediateData/: Files created at some point in the processing of your data that need to be saved temporarily so that they can be used at some later point in the processing.
Does my Data/ folder have to contain all three of these subfolders?
If your input data files do not need any processing before you conduct your analysis:
- There is no need to create the InputData/, AnalysisData/, and IntermediateData/ subfolders. Instead, simply store your Input Data Files in the Data/ folder.
- This is most likely to be the case when the data are given to you by your instructor for a lab exercise or homework problem.
If your input data files need to be processed, but no Intermediate Data Files are created during processing:
- The only subfolders you need in the Data/ folder are InputData/ and AnalysisData/.
If your input data files need to be processed, and one or more Intermediate Data Files are created during processing:
- You need to create all three subfolders of the Data/ folder: InputData/, AnalysisData/, and IntermediateData/.
Naming the Data Folder
Give your Data Folder the name Data/.