For Data Scientists, What’s in a Name Really Matters

(Rawpixel/Shutterstock.com) Shakespeare once pondered the nature of names, pointing out that “a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” For data scientists, the meaning behind the title is not just an epistemological exercise, but a practical problem that has consequences upon that delicate dance between employer and employee. The data scientist shortage is having all kinds of impacts on how organizations approach big data projects. As we explored in the previous story in this series, the shortage is leading many organizations to consider data science as a team sport. That’s the approach espoused by Bill Schmarzo, a VP at EMC (NYSE: EMC), who is encouraging business managers to “think like data scientists” to identify potential metrics and variables that data scientists (and data engineers) can then validate and put…


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