Data-driven development needs both social and computer scientists

Social scientists and computer scientists don’t always see eye to eye, but to harness all the emerging data for development, they will need to find ways to bridge their differences. Photo by: Rachel Johnson / CC BY-ND There can be tension or even at times ill will between social scientists and computer scientists. When presented with the same figures, social scientists are likely to caution that the quality of a conclusion is only as good as the quality of the data, whereas computer scientists — often called date scientists — are likely to warn against perfection standing in the way of information. Both of these groups can pursue the growing field of data science, and how they approach their work and cooperation can bring out the best of these two perspectives, or create environments…

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