The term "data scientist" is bandied about almost as much as "Big Data" these days. But what exactly does this term mean and why should we care? It is an umbrella term that broadly refers to people working in the advanced analytics field, exploring ways in which data can be used to transform a business, government, or even the world. Data scientists seek to use data in new ways and/or re-conceptualize what it means to use data. In the process they develop new tools, processes, and even definitions. The article below does a good job laying out a practical understanding of this term.
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