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Find the unique indices for a dataset

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Because datasets are often provided with scant metadata, I want to infer some of the conventional metadata without depending on special information. One such sort of metadata is the schema of the dataset.

Special snowflake looks for unique identifiers in arbitrary datasets. Run it like so.

$ snowflake bus_stops.csv
route.number,, n.students
time, n.students, location, n.students, location,
route.number,, time

By default, you get all of the combinations of up to three columns inside bus_stops.csv that function as unique indices on the full spreadsheet.

Or call it from Python!

from special_snowflake import fromcsv
from pprint import pprint
with open('open-data-index.csv') as fp:
    pprint(fromcsv(csv.DictReader(fp), n_columns = 2, only_adjacent = False))

This program finds all of the combinations of one or two columns inside open-data-index.csv that function as unique indices on the full spreadsheet.

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