Tom Groenfeldt just told me what to start calling myself.
What’s a data scientist?
In “Big Data Needs Data Scientists, Or Quants, Or Excel Jockeys,” he quotes Randy Lea at Teradata’s Aster Center of Innovation, who “defines a Data Scientist as a person with mathematical and statistical skills, an investigative mind, an understanding of computer languages like C++ and Java,” and ability to write code. Groenfeld’s own definition includes, “multi-skilled experts who understand programming, large-scale mathematics, statistics and business.” That’s me!
Why I claim to be enough of a data scientist to be useful (a.k.a. War Stories)
(Robert, I believe you—spare me!)
In graduate school, I crunched daily sounding-balloon observations around 10 years worth of typhoons and 27 years worth of hurricanes. I then built a bigger data set of winds from passenger jets and cloud motions in satellite loops and used that to study the exhaust plumes from hurricanes. Read more of this article »