Data Scientists Helping Businesses Navigate Seas of Information

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Nicole Laskowski writes about the emerging job category known as data scientists. At companies such as Google, Foursquare, and Groupon, she says these positions involve a combination of analytical, statistical, machine-learning, coding and quantitative skills, underscored by the harder-to-teach characteristics of curiosity and a willingness to explore large amounts of data.

I used to call them data mining engineers or sometimes data miners or computational statisticians, but scientists seems apropos these days,” said Usama Fayyad, former chief data officer at Yahoo Inc. and current chairman and chief technology officer at ChoozOn Corp. “The complexity of data in volume, velocity and variety has increased enough to justify that.”

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