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The Modern Data Scientist

The Modern Data Scientist

What is data science?

Data science is an inter-disciplinary field that uses scientific methods, processes, algorithms, and systems to extract insights from raw data.

It's primarily used to make decisions and predictions making use of predictive causal analytics, prescriptive analytics, and machine learning.

Who are Data Scientists?

Data scientists examine which questions need answering and where to find the related data.

They have business acumen and analytical skills as well as the ability to mine, clean, and present data.

Data Scientist is the hottest tech job of the 21st century.

Let's break down the skills modern Data Scientist

Math & Statistics

- Machine learning

- Statistical modeling

Experiment design

Bayesian inference

- Supervised learning: Decision trees, random forests, logistic regression

- Unsupervised learning: Clustering, dimensionality reduction

- Optimization: Gradient descent and variants

Programming & Database

- Computer science fundamentals

- Scripting language like Python

- Statistical computing packages like R

- Databases SQL and NoSQL

- Relational algebra

- Parallel databases and parallel query processing MapReduce concepts

- Hadoop and Hive/Pig

- Custom reducers

- Experience with xaaS like AWS

Domain Knowledge & Soft Skills

- Passionate about business

- Curious about data

- Influence without authority

- Hacker mindset

- Problem solver

- Strategic, proactive, creative, innovative, and collaborative

Communication & Visualization

- Able to engage with senior management

- Storytelling skills

- Translating data-driven insights into decisions and actions

- Visual art design

- R packages like ggplot or lattice

- Knowledge of any of visualization tools like Flare, D3.js, and Tableau

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