The Case for More Domain Experts in Data Science

by Angela Guess Kalev Leetaru recently wrote in Forbes, “As I’ve come to work with an ever-widening swath of the data sciences and “big data” communities, I have been struck by how narrowly focused much of its practitioner base is on statistics and computational expertise as opposed to a solid understanding of the domain being analyzed. Data scientists are deployed to almost every task imaginable at the companies and governmental and NGO agencies I’ve worked with, yet many started their careers as statisticians, computer scientists or in the computational hard sciences. How is this lack of domain knowledge affecting the world of big data and data analytics today?” Leetaru continues, “Precious few data scientists that I’ve met have deep backgrounds or rigorous training in the disciplines and domain areas in…


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