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May 24, 2012

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Good review, but "Maturity" implies that Data Science is new, but really Data Science is just a (very successful) re-branding of intersection of statistics, predictive analytics, data mining, and databases. These fields have been around for many years. Only the "Big data" part is new, but "embracing uncertainty" and understanding the "impact of recall bias" etc are well-understood ideas in statistics and data mining.

Data Science, as a term describing a practice, is pretty new. The interesting thing for me was that until recently, most "data science" conferences and self-described practitioners seemed to focus on data storage technology. That statistical concerns have come to the fore was, for me, a welcome innovation.

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