Linkedin's DJ Patil on the Role of the Data Scientist

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David F. Carr writes about a recent presentation about the role of a Data Scientist by D.J. Patil, who heads the data and analytics teams at LinkedIn.

While Wall Street quants and other math and data savants have been operating in the world of finance and supply chain optimization for some time, the generation of data professionals who grew up around Internet companies had a particular need to crunch large amounts of data, often unstructured or poorly structured data, and do it very cheaply, Patil said. That is why this feels like a new discipline.

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