// Tutorial //

What is Data Analysis?

Published on July 14, 2021
What is Data Analysis?

Data analysis is the practice of investigating the structure of data and using it to identify patterns and possible solutions to problems. A foundational element of data science, data analysis draws on methodologies from statistics, mathematics, and computer science to analyze data from past events and to predict possible outcomes.

One important trend within data analysis is machine learning, which attempts to train algorithms based on preexisting data so that they may automatically classify or predict future data. In this way, machine learning enables practices such as automated decision-making.

For more information about data analysis, check out our data analysis tag page, and An Introduction to Machine Learning.

Thanks for learning with the DigitalOcean Community. Check out our offerings for compute, storage, networking, and managed databases.

Learn more about us

About the authors

Still looking for an answer?

Ask a questionSearch for more help

Was this helpful?
Leave a comment

This textbox defaults to using Markdown to format your answer.

You can type !ref in this text area to quickly search our full set of tutorials, documentation & marketplace offerings and insert the link!

Try DigitalOcean for free

Click below to sign up and get $200 of credit to try our products over 60 days!

Sign up

card icon
Get our biweekly newsletter

Sign up for Infrastructure as a Newsletter.

Sign up
card icon
Hollie's Hub for Good

Working on improving health and education, reducing inequality, and spurring economic growth? We’d like to help.

Learn more
card icon
Become a contributor

You get paid; we donate to tech nonprofits.

Learn more
Welcome to the developer cloud

DigitalOcean makes it simple to launch in the cloud and scale up as you grow – whether you’re running one virtual machine or ten thousand.

Learn more ->
DigitalOcean Cloud Control Panel
Get started for free

Enter your email to get $200 in credit for your first 60 days with DigitalOcean.

New accounts only. By submitting your email you agree to our Privacy Policy.

© 2023 DigitalOcean, LLC.