Data science is a state of mind

Recently a number of people have emailed asking how they can become data scientists. What degree should they get? What experience? What’s the career path? These are tough questions because, almost by definition, data science crosses multiple disciplines. Whether you analyze business, healthcare, nuclear fusion or weather, the details of data science are always different. Yet what makes something “data…

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Business Malpractice and the Dangers of Theory

“Businesspeople” – be they managers, executives, entrepreneurs or investors – are among the most voracious creators and consumers of “theory” on the planet.  This is because businesspeople thrive or perish by the quality of their decisions, so any theory that improves those decisions is precious indeed.  Yet there’s a problem.  While certain disciplines routinely teach the rigors of theory building, it’s all too often absent in business education and practice.  This will not do. (more…)

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