Last week I spoke at the Open Data Science Conference in Boston. My talk was on whether it was possible to automate predictive analytics. Or in other words: “Could we really ever have a ‘citizen data scientist’ who wasn’t actually a data scientist?”.
My answer was: “No we can’t create a data scientist out of someone who isn’t.” But it was also “Yes we can automate data science tools so that they benefit both the power user and the novice.” But I had a caveat to my answers. Just like you don’t want too many people playing with plutonium or inexperienced carpenters playing with power saws, you may not want the average business user employing data science techniques.
Author: Stephen J. Smith