Data science, a collection of statistical tools that allows us to mine for information in data we gathered, was met with great skepticism when it started in the 1960s. It seemed (too) easy to find patterns in almost any set of data: spurious ones.
But fast-forward to 2012, and we see the Harvard Business Review claim, after the advent of big data provoked a new gold rush, that data scientist is “the sexiest job of the 21st century.”
Equipped with sophisticated analytical tools, data scientists can now identify patterns impossible to find otherwise, and algorithms, trained on big data combined with recent deep-learning techniques, produce staggering results.
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