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The Role of the Data Scientist

The Role of the Data Scientist and the Art of Data Science
Gareth Herschel

More Skills are needed!! … we need analytic leaders which blend IT, Data Science and Business.

Analytic Leaders exist to change the business. The way I look at my job and role has changed.

What does it take to become an analytic leader?

How are Data Scientists different? Traditionally we use SW engineers to build an app to solve a problem. A data scientist answers questions that we did not even know we had.

Data Scientist - the sexiest job of the 21st Century

Analytics vs BI - four variations of data analysis - 1) descriptive - monitoring 2) diagnostic - understanding 3) predictive - anticipating 4) prescriptive - controlling

Data scientist cycles between deductive and inductive reasoning. Ultimately towards deductive reasoning.

Business skills of a data scientist:
1) cast salient questions
2) legal, ethics, regulations
3) decision making
4) performance criteria
If you get the question wrong, who cares about the answers?
Data science skills:
1) data exploration
2) which analytics to choose
3) feature engineering

IT Skills:
1) data logistics
2) high performance computing
3) process development

If you put the Data Scientists into the BI Competency Center, you will kill them.


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