Despite ample media coverage around the need for a data scientist, confusion abounds regarding the skill set and role for such a person. This challenge was tackled in a lively session at the 2013 Pacific Northwest BI Summit entitled, “Does the Data Scientist Have Mojo?,” led by Simon Arkell, CEO of Predixion Software, and Jill Dyché, VP of thought leadership at SAS. 

Dyché noted that with the increasing importance of big data and analytics, the data scientist has a monumental, complicated job, and there simply aren’t enough data scientists to do the work. (For an entertaining take on Dyché’s perspective, read her blog post “Why I Wouldn’t Have Sex with a Data Scientist.”)

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