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A quotation of mine about where I think data science may be headed as a discipline.

Plus lots of other -- smarter -- words from others, with bonus coverage of +Harlan Harris work. 
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Amazing how the "data science is just statistics" crowd completely misses the paramount importance of computation

Data Science is at the juncture of statistics, machine learning, optimization and a few areas of applied math, and a host of other areas of computer science. It is not "contained" in any of the above disciplines.

The critiques we hear about data science today are similar to the ones that were addressed to computer science in the 60's and 70's, before it became a full-fledged  academic discipline: "it's just a branch of mathematics" or "it's just a branch of electrical engineering". What made it turn into a discipline was its size and importance to society.
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"I'm a gremlin, I'm leaving the party, and I want everyone to stuff the ice chest. Thank you."

"Mitt Romney" — A BLR Soundbite
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Before Kristen left this morning she said, "Have fun at the fiesta piranha party tonight!" It has begun...
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+Wes McKinney's talk to the NYC Open Statistical Computing meetup on statistical computing in Python and data manipulation using his pandas package.

http://www.vcasmo.com/video/drewconway/13268

Which, seems to have sufficiently rattled the collective R beehive.

https://plus.google.com/109246313993679724191/posts/93DCxiASTsQ
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+Wes McKinney By this I mean that the discussion might have started differently. Say in the beginning "yes, I do reimplement functionailties I like under a BSD licence" and there is little that can argued about beside "why can't use GPL code" (and it usually ends with "check with a lawyer" ;-) ). I read more myself on the issue since this stared and while there is no clear cut, it made me see the extent of the problem for people wanting to distribute closed source code. Now I have some ideas around that, I hope to have code to demonstrate them by the end of the year.
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Great op-ed by Evgeny Morozov on the tech of political repression

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/02/opinion/political-repression-2-0.html
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"Statisticians don't program."

Thoughts on this as a normative statement?

http://flowingdata.com/2011/10/18/statisticians-dont-program/
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More people need to see your Venn diagram Drew.
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I say the ecosystem is its biggest asset.
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I don't think Sean's comment was that much of a non-sequitur because the article references Python throughout.

As far as R, I <3 the libraries, hate the language, and am kind of "meh" on the data structures ;)

As an aside, the only thing I have written that qualifies as a rant is my post on July 21 (http://bit.ly/rm41My) which was strictly a message to the Python community stating that we (the Python community) need to forge ahead in the domain of rich data structures. And I have done exactly that -- the amount of code that I've turned out recently (net increase of ~10kloc in pandas since 8/1) is pretty massive-- so I also walk the walk =P

And now I'm going to get back to hacking
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Do you like exotic salamanders and hacking text data? Then you'll love +John Myles White and my forthcoming mini-eBook on machine learning for email.
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After mentioning the release of +Wes McKinney 's Python data library, pandas, on Twitter I asked him and +Drew Conway if there was an overview of the variety of Python data processing libraries.

It turns out some of Wes' work is in response to discontent with the state of libraries in Python for manipulating data structures. In the post linked below, A Roadmap to Rich Scientific Data Structures in Python, Wes explains a little of what existing solutions lack, and outlines his vision to produce a data processing solution in Python that "trounces R".

If you're in New York, you can catch talking about his work tomorrow night at the Open Statistical Programming Meetup. Oh yeah, and Strata's paying for the first round of drinks :) http://edd.me/r78MqG
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Edd Dumbill originally shared:
 
Glad to announce that +Alistair Croll 's data shirts are now up and available! A bunch of Strata types contributed to this, and profits are going to Data Without Borders.
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I should add that you can contribute new shirt ideas at http://reddit.com/r/datashirts
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I am a PhD student in political science at New York University. Drew studies terrorism and armed conflict; using tools from mathematics and computer science to gain a deeper understanding of these phenomena.
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