He or she must also must be able to smooth and clean the data, ask the right questions about that data, make valid inferences from the data as to how consumers and markets behave, and create statistical models with which to pinpoint behavioral triggers which prove or disprove their theories.
Jonathan Goldman, who administered the data science team behind LinkedIn's highly successful “People You May Know” button, notes that data scientists are sometimes referred to as “unicorns”
In Unicorns Among Us, Lars Nielsen lays out the brief history of data science since it's beginnings not long ago in this century. He as well explores the evolution of the role of the data scientist through this same period, and explores the best qualifications, tools, techniques and training involved in the practice of this arcane discipline. Nielsen's book will prove indispensable for anyone contemplating a career in this lucrative area, as well as any novice tasked to work with a data science team.
High Priests * Part Analyst, Part Inspired Artist * Data Wrangling * The Human Factor vs. The Machine Factor * The Dats Scientist's Shifting Role * A Cool Sub-Niche: Crowd Science * The Data Scientist's Most Important Tool: Hadoop * A Fantastic Kind of Abstraction:
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lars Nielsen is a highly regarded IT programmer, manager and consultant based in Amsterdam. His previous books include A Simple Introduction to Data Science and Computing: A Business History.
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