Going Pro in Data Science

What It Takes to Succeed as a Professional Data Scientist

Going Pro in Data Science

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Digging for answers to your pressing business questions probably won’t resemble those tidy case studies that lead you step-by-step from data collection to cool insights. Data science is not so clear-cut in the real world. Instead of high-quality data with the right velocity, variety, and volume, many data scientists have to work with missing or sketchy information extracted from people in the organization.

In this O’Reilly report, Jerry Overton—Distinguished Engineer at global IT leader CSC—introduces practices for making good decisions in a messy and complicated world. What he simply calls “data science that works” is a trial-and-error process of creating and testing hypotheses, gathering evidence, and drawing conclusions. These skills are far more useful for practicing data scientists than, say, mastering the details of a machine-learning algorithm.

Adapted and expanded from a series of articles Overton published on O’Reilly Radar and on the CSC Blog, each chapter is ideal for current and aspiring data scientists who want to go pro, as well as IT execs and managers looking to hire in this field. The report covers:

  • Using the scientific method to gain a competitive advantage
  • The skill set you need to look for when choosing a data scientist
  • Why practical induction is a key part of thinking like a data scientist
  • Best practices for writing solid code in your data science gig
  • How agile experimentation lets you find answers (or dead ends) much faster
  • Advice for surviving (and even thriving) as a data scientist in your organization

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Jerry Overton

Jerry Overton is a Data Scientist and Distinguished Engineer at CSC, a global leader of next-generation IT solutions. Jerry is head of advanced analytics research and founder of CSC’s advanced analytics lab. In his blog, Doing Data Science, Jerry shares his experiences leading open research in data science.