I've received quite a few comments and emails about my most recent blog, "What is Data Science – Again?" Much of the reaction has been positive, agreeing with the take that the discipline revolves on the combination of computation and statistical science. Some is negative, decrying “data science” as nothing more than a trumped up neologism for “programmer”.

The perspective that most gets me thinking, though, is the one that seeks to define data science not only by the tasks of practitioners, as I've done, but also by its higher purpose – something akin to "the scientific study of the creation, validation and transformation of data to create meaning".

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