1.2 Tidy temporal data structure

Data representation is an important component of data science research. “Tidy data” (Wickham 2014) is the fundamental data architecture of the tidyverse ecosystem, making it possible to build fluent data pipelines for transformation, visualisation, and modelling. It does not adequately describe temporal data, and the current time series structures that are useful for modelling, inhibits a data-centric workflow. This research develops a new tidy data abstraction for temporal data, which lubricates the plumbing of temporal data analysis. Chapter 3 describes this abstraction, the process of using it for time series analysis, and a comprehensive literature review of related work.