What Does a Data Scientist Do All Day?

There’s something of a cottage industry growing around writing about demystifying the data scientist. A large part of the confusion I think comes down to the fact that Data Science isn’t a specific role, but rather an approach to solving real problems within an organization. As such, it can represent a wide range of backgrounds, skill-sets, tools and practices. No single summary of ‘what makes a data scientist’ can cover the gamut of the what you’ll see in the field among working data scientists. Instead, it’s probably easier to ask what the practice of data science is. Briefly, data science is the practice of solving a practical problem with data-driven answers. The techniques for doing so can be wide ranging. You’ll often hear about data scientists using classical statistics, Bayesian…


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