After 50 Years, What Is Data Science, Really?

I recently came across an outstanding article on data science, thanks to the always-informative R-bloggers website. Written by Stanford professor David Donoho, “50 years of Data Science” views DS through an historical lens and as well provides a conceptual framework for the evolving discipline.The point of departure for 50 years is the current squabble in the data industry as to whether data science is really the same as traditional statistics. I’ve argued many times that the disciplines are quite different, but, alas, others disagree.Donoho, a statistician, believes the fields are different. His starting point is the simple but elegant depiction of data science as the science of learning from data. Most definitions today, mine included, focus on skills – the “industrial” – rather than the basic academic or “intellectual” foundations,…

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