A Data Science Solution to the Question “What is Data Science?”

As this flowchart from Wikipedia illustrates, data science is about collecting, cleaning, analyzing and reporting data. But is it data science or just or a “sexed up term” for Statistics (see embedded quote by Nate Silver)? It’s difficult to separate the two at this level of generality, so perhaps we need to define our terms. We begin by making a list of all the stuff that a data scientist might do or know. We are playing a game where the answer is “data scientist” and the questions are “Do they do this?” and “Do they know that?”. However, the “this” and the “that” are very specific. For example, “Data is Processed” can range from simple downloading to the complex representation of visual or speech input. What precisely does a data scientist…


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