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The Well-Rounded Data Scientist


The work of interpreting data to help decision-makers goes back some 5,000 years to the bureaucrats and businessmen of ancient Sumer. But dealing with the astronomical size and complexity of modern data sets requires a new, multifaceted set of computational, statistical, and communication and people skills, called “data science.”

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Comments (3)
Join the Carpe Datum Rx Debate "Is Data Science is Dead" http://bit.ly/c_debate
Posted by Shirish N | Wednesday, April 16 2014 at 8:32AM ET
The real issue is that data science is a skill that many in other specialties and disciplines should have as part of their skillset. For this to be a real profession, it must meet the accepted requirements of professionalism, e.g. formal, advanced training (e.g. masters degree or better), a common body of special knowledge, adherence to a code of ethics, etc. The risk we have by making it a stand-alone specialty is we create an artificial gap between users and data scientists, much the same as we have with other specialists.
Posted by Mark D | Wednesday, April 16 2014 at 6:28PM ET
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