Data science has become inextricably associated with the notion of uncovering indisputable truth from reams of unquestionable data. Data has become associated with “truth” and the data scientist’s job merely to coalesce myriad unrelated numbers into quantitative certainty.
In reality, not all questions have singular indisputable answers and sometimes a data scientist’s job is not to give an answer or provide certainty to decisions, but rather to help explain questions more clearly or even help others ask better questions that are more aligned with the data that is available. Perhaps the most important lesson for new data scientists to learn is that not every question has a definitive answer.
Author: Kalev Leetaru