Analytics execs reveal how to hire data scientists

Interest in enterprise data science initiatives continues to grow, but as more and more businesses start thinking about bringing new employees aboard to develop and run advanced analytics applications, the question of how to hire data scientists is coming to the forefront — and it’s creating some confusion and differing opinions on what skills to prioritize. “There’s a lot of buzz around data science, and I think there’s a pretty big gap between what people think it is and what companies actually need,” said Frank Lo, director of data science at Boston-based online home furnishings retailer Wayfair LLC. “There’s a lot of disagreement about what makes a good data scientist.” Lo and other speakers at the 2015 Big Data Innovation Summit in Boston said they focus more on soft skills…


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