New Book Provides a Vivid and Entertaining Glimpse Into the Skills, Tools and Zen of Data Science

The perfect introduction for anyone considering a career in data science, or any novice who needs a "crash-course" on the rudiments of the field.
Published September 2014
Published September 2014
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NEWPORT, R.I. - Sept. 4, 2014 - PRLog -- Data scientists – the so-called "high-priests" of big data – combine unique and esoteric skills. Part intuitive artist, part statistical modeler and part programmer, the practitioner of this new art of research must be able to detect and make sense of patterns hidden within millions upon millions of pieces of constantly streaming, completely unstructured data.

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” simply because the combination of skills and talents required to do their job is so rare and hard to find.

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: The Origins of Hadoop * A Platform is Born * Hadoop Grows Up * A Cautionary Summing Up

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.

Published in Kindle and Paper Editions. Kindle/$2.99, Paper/$8.99.

Available throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Western Europe and elsewhere around the world.

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