After testing, we posted links on social and professional networking sites, emailed friends and colleagues, and so forth. A sample personal invitation was:
As someone in the broad Analytics / Data Science / Big Data / Applied Stats / Machine Learning space, would you be willing to take a brief survey? Three of us in the DC Data Science community wondered about the ways that skills and experiences of practitioners in these fields vary, and are collecting some data to help us learn more. By participating, you would help us define these new fields better, and we hope the results will help people such as yourself talk about how your skills and your work fit in with everyone else’s. Should take 10 minutes or less!
Here are the list of skills we provided (in random order) and asked respondents to sort: