I’m a big fan of O'Reilly Media author Mike Loukides. Loukides’ substantive writings are clearly distinguished among those from the now-too-many big data and analytics talking heads. I don’t think I’ve seen a better article on the foundations of data science than his seminal piece from a few years back.

So I was anxious to read his latest articles on data skepticism. Skepticism is generally considered among the most important qualities of a data scientist, mentioned in the same breath as deep skills in data programming/wrangling, statistics/machine learning/optimization, visualization/infographics, business acumen and off-the-charts curiosity.

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