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The Most Important Skill in Data Science: Mining and Visualizing your Data

While data scientists have many resources in their tool belt, our research shows that proficiency with data mining and visualization tools consistently ranks as one of the most important skills in determining project success. We used two methods to rank data science skills. The first way was based on the frequency with which professionals possessed the skills. This method identified data […]

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Empirically-Based Approach to Understanding the Structure of Data Science

Based on a study of 620+ data professionals, we found that data science skills fall into three broad areas: domain expertise (in our case, business), technology/programming and math/statistics. I discuss the implications of study findings for current data scientists, would-be data scientists and the recruiters who try to find them. Data science is our ability to extract […]

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