The birth of the data scientist

It’s funny how new terms are coined and new idioms become commonplace. Like ‘data scientist’, for instance. In the ’80s, we grew up with Opal Fruits and Marathons – the millennials among us might mistake these for new programming languages, but the more mature audience will know they are mistaken. Conversely, if you had told me a few years ago that you were a data scientist I might have stared at you agog. Today, I will begin questioning you at length about who you work for, what statistical packages you have had exposure to, and whether you see yourself as more of a data miner or business-facing data solutions expert. I had the pleasure of attending Crème Global’s Predict data conference in the RDS last week. In addition to enjoying…

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