About Data Science

"Data Science" means the scientific study of the creation, validation and transformation of data to create meaning.

A "Data Scientist" is a professional who uses scientific methods to liberate and create meaning from raw data - somebody who can play with data, spot trends and learn truths few others know. Data scientists are inquisitive: exploring, asking questions, doing “what if” analysis, questioning existing assumptions and processes.

The data scientist has a solid foundation in machine learning, algorithms, modeling, statistics, analytics, math and strong business acumen, coupled with the ability to communicate findings to both business and IT leaders in a way that can influence how an organization approaches a business challenge.

Data science is different from traditional business analytics - which is defined as the practice of iterative, methodical exploration of an organization’s data with emphasis on statistical analysis.

Data science uses scientific principles to get meaning from data and uses machine learning and algorithms to manage and extract actionable, valuable intelligence from large data sets.