What Does a Data Scientist Do?

What is a data scientist?  The question is seemingly simple, and yet deceptively complex.  A data scientist obviously works with data, but in what capacity?  Is a data scientist more concerned with the collection of data, or data analysis?  And what is the end goal for a data scientist?  With data available on everything from digital advertisements to online purchases to personal health records, the breadth of fields requiring data scientists makes the definition even more elusive. Last Tuesday, an organization called the New York Data Science Study group coordinated a data science career panel talk, titled, “What Does a Data Scientist Do?”  The panel discussion was hosted in the offices of General Assembly—a company that offers a range of computer programming and coding classes.  The talk featured five members of the…


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