« New R User Group in Cambridge, UK | Main | R Chart featured in Facebook IPO »

February 01, 2012


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

The "data scientist" meme, it's seemed to me from its inception, is a re-invention of operations research. Why? I suppose for the same reason coder-types re-invent lots of terms: so they can lay claim to expertise in some field for which they really have none, by co-opting.

This practice goes back, at least, to Dr. Deming. While well intentioned, he set in motion the idea that, as Mrs. Peel, a talented amateur was all that is required in a highly technical field. And, as far as that goes, real mathematicians more often than not view statisticians (even math stats) as marginally talented amateurs.

I certainly agree that the idea of statisticians having domain expertise is not new! If you look back to the work of William Gosset a century ago, you will see that domain expertise - in farming and brewing - was the driver of his work, work that underlies most everything statisticians and data miners do today.

The comments to this entry are closed.

R for the Enterprise

Got comments or suggestions for the blog editor?
Email David Smith.
Follow revodavid on Twitter Follow David on Twitter: @revodavid

Search Revolutions Blog