Several weeks ago, I came across an article, Data Science and its Relationship to Big Data and Data-Driven Decision Making, by Forest Provost and Tom Fawcett, that left me a bit uncomfortable. The authors have also just published a related book, Data Science for Business, that I’ve not read as yet. Author Provost is on the faculty of NYU, and is affiliated with a new MS in Data Science program at the university.

First the positives of the article: It’s certainly good to see the nascent discipline of data science receive the attention from academia it now deserves. New DS Masters curricula show promise of significant improvement over first generation Predictive Analytics programs, especially with added emphasis on computation.

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