Transforming data | Key concepts

In this lesson, we explore the core of what makes Parabola so powerful: its data transformation capabilities. In the same way you might describe a manual process step-by-step, Parabola’s transformation steps are designed to mimic that natural workflow, speaking your language throughout.

Understanding data transformation steps

Parabola is equipped with a variety of transformation steps that closely mirror actions you might take in Excel or Google Sheets, like filter, sort, sum, etc. If you search for a specific Excel function or even relevant keywords in the Parabola search bar (like “VLOOKUP” or “SUMIF”), you’ll find the steps you’re looking for. 

Pro tip: Start by cleaning your data

The best way to start your Flow is by ensuring your data is as clean as possible at the beginning. Think about doing things like: 

  • Removing unnecessary columns 
  • Removing duplicates 
  • Clearly naming your columns
  • Filtering out unnecessary columns 
  • Formatting dates

Next up

In our upcoming lessons, we’ll dive into specific data transformation steps ranging from Edit columns to Insert if/else column and Combine Tables.

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