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Data Science is an amalgam of statistical and machine learning, of data mining and data visualization techniques. It draws useful information from large data sets, be they numerical, textual, or visual.
Data scientists help Netflix, Amazon and Facebook make the recommendations they do; they're responsible for the flexibility of the gps system in your auto; they helped Barack Obama win the presidency; they refine investment bankers rates of return in the stock market and have increased survival rates of supremely premature babies. See Mayer-Schönberger and Cukier's Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and Think for more stories.
The Harvard Business Review claims that data scientist will be the sexiest job of the twenty-first century. McKinsey & Company claim a shortage of some 175,000 big data professionals by the year 2018.
Curious? In addition to the above links, check out the free ebook for a free introductory course at Syracuse University. Or if it's business you're interested in, take a look at John Foreman's Data Smart. And last, take a peek at Big Data in Journalism.
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