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.”
Data scientists are among the most sought-after professionals today, and the need for them will only increase as our world grows ever more complex and interconnected.
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