Slideshow Top Data Scientists You Should Be Following

  • December 17 2015, 6:55am EST
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Top Data Scientists You Should Be Following

They are holders of the sexiest jobs of all' in 2015, according to one of our recommended top data science influencers, DJ Patil. Here are some of our recommendations of the top data scientists, analysts, and architects whose careers you should be following.

Jeremy Achin

Jeremy Achin is the co-founder of Data Robot, which has been one of the fastest growing companies in the United States, and is known for the high quality data scientists it employees. Jeremy’s specialties are in predictive modeling, data mining and machine learning.

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Kirk Borne

Kirk Borne works as a principal data scientist at Booz Allen Hamilton but also serves on the advisory boards of several other companies. He was named as 2014 IBM Big Data & Analytics Hero. In addition to is work with data analytics, he is also an astrophysicist and space scientist.

Doug Cutting

Known as the ‘daddy of Hadoop,’ Doug Cutting is a founder of the Apache Lucene, Nutch, Hadoop and Avro open source projects. He served for six years on Apache's Board of Directors, three as its chair. He currently works as chief architect with Cloudera.

Carla Gentry

Data scientist Carla Gentry is owner of Analytical Solution. She specializes in Comprehensive Customer Satisfaction and Retention Analysis; Brand Research & Competitive Analysis; and Employee Retention Research. She is also one of the most popular data scientists to follow on Twitter.

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Oliver Grisel

Oliver Grisel is a software engineer with Inria Parietal. He is one of the developers of Scikit-Learn, and is currently working to improve scikit-learn and related tools. His specialty areas are in machine learning with applications to natural language processing and knowledge extraction.

Hilary Mason

Hilary Mason is the founder of Fast Forward Labs, and also co-founded and DataGotham. She has received several awards and honors for her work in data analytics, and was featured in the list of Fortune 40 under 40 ones to watch 2011, and the Craig’s 40 under Forty 2012. Her specialties are in machine learning, data mining, and Python.

Wes McKinney

Wes McKinney is a software engineer with Cloudera. He consides himself a “problem-solver ,” and is particularly interested in improving the programmer interface with data. From 2010 through 2013 he was instrumental in getting the Python data ecosystem off the ground through the pandas project and his book "Python for Data Analysis".

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Peter Norvig

Peter Norvig is research director at Google. He previously worked at NASA as head of the Computational Science Division. He has received several awards, including a NASA Exceptional Achievement Award, ACM Fellow, AAAI Fellow and many others. His specialties include Internet search, artificial intelligence, natural language processing, machine learning, programming, and education.

DJ Patil

Along with Thomas.H.Davenport, DJ Patil authored the well-known article – “Data Scientist: The Sexiest Job of 21st Century”. He currently works as US Chief Data Scientist at White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He is credited with coining the term “data scientist,” and has been named as one of the most influential people in data science by several publications and rankings.

Alex “Sandy” Pentland

For nearly 30 years Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland has been a professor at MIT, in the Media Lab, Sloan Business School, Institute for Data, Systems, and Society . He is also known as the founder of several companies such as, Sense Networks, Cogito Health, and many others. Forbes named him as the ‘World’s Most Powerful Data Scientist.’

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Monica Rogati

Monica Rogati is a data science advisor with Insight Data Science. She previously worked as senior data scientist at LinkedIn, and before that was a vice president at Jaw Bone. Her specialties are in machine learning, statistical text mining, and recommender systems.

Thomas Wiecki

Thomas Wiecki is the data science lead at Quantopian. He develops Bayesian models to evaluate trading algorithms and select managers for the Quantopian fund and developed an open-source trading simulator.