The data scientist – a role dissected

Computing research investigates whether a data scientist is really any different from a data analyst, data engineer or BI specialist The data scientist has been the object of fascination, awe and even envy ever since the big data boom began five years ago or so. Often compared with yetis and unicorns on account of their rarity, they are nevertheless the must-have accessory for any organisation that wants to be taken seriously as data-centric and forward-looking, marching boldly into the age of digital. This is because the ability to make sense of the huge quantities of data accumulated by organisations and flowing in from the outside has become a key commercial differentiator. Related articles “The really good data scientists have three main things: they have stats, they have computer science and…


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