### Drew Conway

Shared publicly -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.

Plus lots of other -- smarter -- words from others, with bonus coverage of +Harlan Harris work.

Is a data scientist just a confused statistician And does data science even exist Some industry heavyweights weigh in.

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Amazing how the "data science is just statistics" crowd completely misses the paramount importance of

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.

**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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