Artim: “Data, . . . haven’t you ever just played for fun?”
Data: “Androids. . . don’t have. . . fun.”
Artim: “Why not. . . ?”
Data: “No one’s ever asked me that before.”
—MICHAEL WELCH AS ARTIM AND BRENT SPINER AS DATA IN Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
Doing data science means implementing flexible, scalable, extensible systems for data preparation, analysis, visualization, and modeling. We are empowered by the growth of open source. Whatever the modeling technique or application, there is likely a relevant package, module, or library that someone has written or is thinking of writing. Doing data science for the web and networks means working in Python and R, and drawing on other languages as needed.
Data scientists, those ...