Big Data: Don’t put the chart before the horse

What’s the character trait which sets apart good data scientists from bad? One might assume analytical skills, curiosity, even a head for numbers. In fact, according to EMC’s CTO Bill Schmarzo – aka the “Dean of Big Data” – it’s humility. “Everyone is asking the same question: what does a data scientist look like?” he says. “I can send a person to school, teach them statistics, computer programming, maths, and a lot of different analytic techniques, but they have to be curious about the world around them in order to be a good data scientist.” Even more important, however, says Schmarzo, is one’s ability to listen. “We find the number one trait distinguishing good data scientists from average ones is humility. Humble people tend to listen more and talk less.…


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