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5 Takeaways from Predictive Analytics World

by Dashboard Insight, Dashboard InsightFriday, October 4, 2013

Robert L. Mitchell lays out 5 takeaways from the Predictive Analytics World conference that took place this week.

I often learn as much by talking to people in between sessions at a conference as I do when listening to the presentations, and this week's Predictive Analytics World event has been no exception. I had the opportunity to see and chat with some very smart people Monday, and here, in no particular order, are five interesting takeaways from those conversations. The conference continues Tuesday at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston.

Data Scientists really aren't. That is, they're not scientists in the traditional sense, says Andrew Fast, who carries the title at Elder Research Inc. While Fast figures the term was appropriated from academia at some point, what data scientists do in a business context is far from academic. It's about engineering a solution to a business problem using an iterative process that gradually hones in on the solution. The process also requires the application of business domain expertise. So what should we call him? A more descriptive title might be "applied statistician" or "data engineer," he says.

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Source: Computerworld Blog

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