The data scientist role is fast becoming the most sought-after career in the technology world. Companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon and LinkedIn are using data scientists to help them maintain that innovative edge in the digital data era. And now data and technology enthusiasts are aspiring to become data scientists the same way some musicians aspire to become rock stars. Perhaps that's why some people are referring to data scientists as the new rock stars of the technology era.
Unfortunately, this role is still so new that there's still a level of obscurity about it, which means many wannabe data scientists are driving their tour buses down the wrong road. Do data scientists deserve their rock star reputations? We dive into the world of data science with an interview with Jake Porway, the data scientist from the R&D lab at The New York Times.
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