While the buzz around bigdata might die down a bit in 2013, the main ideas of data science are not going away. Being able to make smart decisions based upon data is a concept that is here to stay.
In fact, 2013 might be the best year ever to start learning data science skills. Colleges and Universities are opening new data science/analytics programs. There are numerous MOOCs avaiable or you can follow along on with a Coursera curriculum. Plus, there are thousands of blog posts, wikis, and other articles all covering various data science topics. If you want to learn data science, the timing could not be much better.
Happy New Year and Happy Learning!
After creating the lists Top 5 Data Science Gals and Top 5 Data Science Guys, I noticed a couple commonalities.
- 7 of the 10 (assuming Drew finishes) have PhDs
- 5 of the 10 are from the New York City area
Did you notice anything I missed?
- DJ Patil DJ is one of the most recognizable faces in data science. He is constantly speaking at conference and appearing in the news articles. He is currently Data Scientist in Residence at Greylock Partners. Also, he helped create the term data scientist.
- Jeff Hammerbacher Jeff helped build the first data science team at Facebook. Then he moved on to help co-found Cloudera. Now he is involved with helping a Medical School perform better data analysis. Along with DJ, he helped to coin the term data scientist.
- Drew Conway A PhD student at NYU and Scientist at IA Ventures, Drew is very active in the data science world. He speaks at conferences, co-authored a book on machine learning, creates Venn Diagrams, and more.
- Jake Porway Jake is a former data scientist with the New York Times. He now spends a lot of time speaking about DataKind, a nonprofit organization (he founded) attempting to help the world.
- David Smith David is a blogger for Revolution Analytics. He is also a big fan of R. David is working very hard to help others learn about data science by speaking at conferences and hosting webinars.
This post goes along with Top 5 Data Science Gals.
- Hilary Mason Hilary is the Chief Scientist at Bitly. She is a frequent speaker at conferences. She is commonly cited, interviewed and referenced in data science news/blogs/articles.
- Cathy O’Neil Cathy is better known to the internet world as mathbabe. She is a blogger (although not strictly about just data science), conference speaker, and soon to be book author.
- Carla Gentry Founder of Analytical-Solution.com, Carla is one of the most frequent #datascience tweeters on Twitter. She is known to the twitter world as @data_nerd
- Monica Rogati Monica is a Senior Data Scientist at LinkedIn. She speaks at conferences, publishes academic papers, tweets, and creates great data products at LinkedIn. She likes data so much, she uses data for parenting.
- Rachel Schutt Rachel just recently completed teaching and blogging the Introduction to Data Science course at Columbia University. She is also a Senior Statistician at Google Research. Along with Cathy, she will be a book author.
This post goes along with Top 5 Data Science Guys.