Dummy data

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Very often one needs dummy data to serve as a placeholder until real data is available. This document outlines some useful sources of dummy data.

CSV and JSON data sets

When dealing with data in CSV or JSON text file formats:


There is a wide variety of tools available to generate dummy text that has similar qualities to real text.

Lorem ipsum

If the 'realistic' aspect of text is not important, then a lorem ipsum generator is probably the easiest source of dummy text. Some lorem ipsum generators:

Natural language

Official bureaucratic or political documents provide a good source of placeholder text that have the appearance of realism. For example:

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