What is a data scientist?

A few months ago, FlowingData highlighted the fact that “data scientist” has surpassed “statistician” on Google search trends for the first time.

“Data Science vs. Analytics—Approaches to Problem Solving” by Nick Kolegraff posits that data science is fundamentally about how you ask questions. According to Kolegraff, it’s the greater emphasis on asking “why” that distinguishes data science from data-related software development, business analysis or straightforward data analysis.

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