For Data Scientists, Big Data is not so Big

In our study of data scientists, we found that only about a third of them possessed skills needed to handle big and distributed data. These results are in line with findings from other studies that find that data scientists typically analyze small data sets. Figure 1. Top Data Science Skills by Job Role. Click to enlarge We examined the proficiency of data scientists across 25 different data science skills. In this Big Data world, we expected to see many data scientists who possessed skills related to handling big and distributed data. In fact, Big and Distributed Data ranked 24 out of 25 data science skills we studied. In our study only about 31% of data scientists reported having, at least, intermediate proficiency in Big and Distributed Data (see Figure 1). The rest of…

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