Practice Makes Permanent, but Data's Messy

from pathlib import Path

DATA_DIR = Path("/kaggle/input")
if (DATA_DIR / "ucfai-core-fa18-practicing-data-cleaning").exists():
    DATA_DIR /= "ucfai-core-fa18-practicing-data-cleaning"
    # You'll need to download the data from Kaggle and place it in the `data/`
    #   directory beside this notebook.
    # The data should be here:
    DATA_DIR = Path("data")

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John Muchovej
John Muchovej

Founder of AI@UCF. Researcher in cognitive science and machine learning. Focusing on intuitive physics and intuitive psychology.