Who is a Data Scientist? How does he differ from a Data Analyst?

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Data Journal Blog

Data Science is the fact of collecting, analyzing, and interpreting large amounts of data for driving insights, to help a business improve, using advanced technologies. A term coined by DJ Patil and Jeff Hammerbacher in 2008, as the first claims, to define their jobs at Linkedin and Facebook.

A Data Scientist is someone who is data-driven with high-level technical skills, capable of building complex algorithms using large amounts of data, to answer questions and drive strategy in the organization. The responsibilities and main tasks of a Data Scientist may vary from a company to another, depending on its size, its type, etc. The role of a Data scientist can include Data Collection, Cleansing, Analytics, and Data Visualization in a small company, just ML Algorithms in a big company, and all the below in a medium-sized company.


But how a Data Analyst is different?

There is a lot of grey area with many job titles…

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Teaching Data Science to Kids – The “Junk Box” and Classification Algorithms

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In Silico Biology

I don’t hide that I love to teach kids. If I wasn’t a biologist or a data scientist, teacher would probably by my 3rd choice. There something fun in seeing the eyes of the kids spark when they get a concept and learn a new idea.

Recently I’ve been challenged by friends on how to explain data science concepts to very young kids. Sure the mathematical and computacional knowledge they have is pretty limited but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible to teach them new concepts. You just have to change the way you teach them.

Challenge accepted! Get your junk drawer of office supplies! It’s time to teach the kids about classification !

ok, not really a drawer 😛 but let’s try with these two cups

So what are classification problems?

Classifying objects, animals, books, food…..is part of the human experiment. Explaining to the kid that  the computer first defines…

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