The Role of the Data Scientist

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.rstudio.com/blog/role-of-the-data-scientist


Data Scientists Face an Existential Crisis The term data scientist has always been a bit controversial. William Cleveland coined the term in 2001 to advocate the practical use of statistics in other technical fields and believed that use warranted a new name. Nowadays, professionals sporting a data science title typically hold a Ph.D., possess some detailed domain knowledge, and are either computer science majors who learned statistics or statisticians who learned to program.