Monday, October 8, 2012

Who is a Data Scientist?

A data scientist is central to extracting facts and figures from large volumes of data. Apart from being able to find patterns from large data sets, the data scientist should be able to mine for the most important and business-focused parts and present it to business users from all levels of the enterprise. They are part geek, part story-teller and part graphic illustrator as they deal with algorithms, use narratives to explain their findings and make visual/graphic illustrations to communicate it all. Charles Roe tackles this question in an article published at Dataversity. Ray Rivera, Director, Solutions Management, Workforce Planning and Analytics, SAP has written a Forbes guest article on this very subject. He chooses to call data scientists 'analytical wizards'!

1 comment:

  1. "The adequate ones are skilled users of various analytical instruments; the good ones are themselves an analytical instrument."

    Food for thought there.