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Alex Feidman
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6/17/2015 | 7:45:38 AM
Matching is a key
When it's mearly impossible to find a unicorn, we need to learn how to create one. Agree that you can take 3 pros and rotate them from position to position to make them have all relevant knowledge in the domain and become autonomic. Still, the positions will lose what we call "specialist" feature. Indeed, the value of these specialists is still high. You can hire many really good wedesigners, but when you realise the job is tough, what do you do? You go to a specialist. So this is the point, sometimes evening the forces is needed (espesially in the modern world at this pace and with all the modifications), but it's not a "unicorn" answer anyway. Ability to tune them, to make specialists correlate and wok together - that's is a much important challenge. Just like matching customers with services (more on LoansMob portal), matching pros is a core of success.
dBoLab
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1/28/2015 | 11:07:30 PM
Unicorns DO exist and there are more roles for these teams
I like the post, but there are more roles that stated in this article that one should look for in a team like this -- especially if we are looking for roles and not people. Statisctician, data analyst, software developer and project manager are very important roles.

Secondly, data scientists DO exist, but they are rare.
magnumgrp1
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magnumgrp1,
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2/20/2014 | 12:31:58 AM
Jeff, Have You Included This Specialist?
Hey Jeff,

Maybe this specialist is covered under one of the professionals you listed --- a domain expert. This is widely accepted as vital to the perceive relevant insights during visualization.

Lucky Balaraman
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Database Tuning Specialists

 
pcalento011
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pcalento011,
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1/4/2014 | 11:48:17 PM
Skills important, but context even more so.
One of the items to address re: data science isn't so much the skills or team, but the understanding of what the data all means. This is not merely an academic exercise. This is business. Patterns need to be mapped and measured into a relevance scale. Without this added step, Big Data will be just that ... more and larger data. Context. Context. Context.
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cbabcock,
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1/2/2014 | 4:21:56 PM
Specialties matter but world needs generalists
The three roles captured in the term "data scientist" perhaps should be handled by three people of different skill sets. But in an ideal world, these three people would rotate jobs within the trio every three months until each could take a stab at performing the role of the others. The person who consistently performs best in all three roles should be named the team leader. Sounds crazy, but the world will always need generalists on top of the specialists.
I give
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12/31/2013 | 7:43:48 PM
Re: So much to learn
Thanks, Rob.  I could go on and on about this.  A "Data" Scientist?  What would we expect an "Air" Scientist to know and do? How about a "Dirt" Scientist", "Atom" Scientist, "Wood" Scientist, "Word" Scientist, "Fur" Scientist (not to be confused with a "Hair" Scientist?  Which came first Data Science, or the First Data Scientist?    Heck, I doubt that there is an agreed to definition of Data, not among Data Scientists anyway.

IMHO, the very idea that a number cruncher is expected to develop consumer insights is so naive that it does littel more than show the tendency for everyone in every discipline whatsoever to assume that someone else does the work, and the "user" need know nothing, or do nothing other than be a "manager" who hires a bunch of other managers all the way down to the single person who does everything, which is then fed up the food chain to The Manager.  

So the best way to succeed is by knowing nothing, but by getting to manage the most managers you are capable of.  Just be sure that the lowest level manager has a Data Scientist working for them.  That low level manager can always replace the Data Scientist if the individual is not up to carrying the Company.
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shamika,
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12/31/2013 | 12:09:58 PM
Re: So much to learn
Developing algorithms and crunching numbers is also an important aspect when it comes to data scientists.
shamika
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shamika,
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12/31/2013 | 11:55:44 AM
Re: So much to learn
@DanielN381 yes you are correct and having all these will help you to master on data. 
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shamika,
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12/31/2013 | 11:50:07 AM
Re: So much to learn
This is an interesting article and one of my favorite subjects. This gives the ability to understand the data sets and to perform detailed analysis on the same.

 
RobPreston
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12/31/2013 | 11:32:29 AM
Re: So much to learn
We as a society tend to throw around the words "scientist" and "science" too liberally. Colleges award bachelor of science degrees in such non-scientific fields as management and philosophy. Urban planners fancy themselves as social scientists. And don't get me started on political science--double-speak is far more of an art.
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