As Data Science Evolves, It’s Taking Statistics with It

(rzoze19/Shutterstock.com) While there are disagreements about what exactly constitutes a “data scientist,” there’s little doubt that one of the critical components involves statistical aptitude. And as the data science profession evolves, it’s taking the field of statistics with it, an expert with the American Statistical Association says. Before the Harvard Business Review dubbed data scientist the sexiest job of the 21st century several years ago, few people outside of Silicon Valley had heard the term. But all of a sudden, the title was showing up in thousands of job descriptions, as companies sought the key personnel who could help them make sense of the big, messy, and fast-moving data they were collecting. McKinsey & Co compounded the problem when it warned that demand for data scientists was far outstripping supply,…


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