An Introduction to Data Science

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Businesses today rely on a myriad of ideas and processes to succeed, despite the problems that come up in competition, or seemingly out of nowhere—like the global Covid-19 pandemic. To get ahead, it’s vital that company directors have access to the best information that they have to predict the efficiency of their intended course of business, and what obstacles they may encounter on the way.

Gaining insights through the collection of data is one thing, but visualizing the lessons that come from the data analysis is a different thing altogether. With more and more emphasis being placed on analytics, data science is growing as a dream job. Therefore, by association, data scientists are becoming an increasingly necessary part of many businesses across the United States.

What is Data Science?

The term data science is a collective label for a whole range of processes involving the collection, sorting, analyzing, and actioning of information. Though previously referred to as computer science, the part of data management in business was majorly underplayed. The skills people required to sift through the collected information was usually considered additional to their base knowledge, and predictive analytics would be based on intuition, rather than data. Simply put, there would rarely be a part of any business where data science was the sole remit.

As such, businesses would have a lot of unstructured data and very little idea of what to do with it. Due to the immense growth in usage of the World Wide Web, and thus a bigger focus on connectivity between machines, devices, and productivity—the world has entered into the fourth industrial revolution (colloquially known as industry 4.0). Because of industry 4.0, the requirements of a business to really learn from the data they have collected have also grown.

How to become a data scientist.

With the growth in demand for specialists in data science, people who wish to embark on a path of learning how to use the information that has been gathered usually require a significant qualification to certify their expertise. Colleges and Universities are now offering a data science program in most respects, leading to a bachelor’s degree or even a master’s degree at the end. Until receiving this, students can be expected to study the nature of data science through low-cost software licenses from TIBCO.

What does a data scientist actually do?

Firstly it is important to recognize just how much data is being collected by businesses now that they are well into industry 4.0. There is massive amounts of information from many sources, some of it unstructured and some with a little more of a pattern to it. Huge quantities of information are known as big data, and the first job of a data scientist working on behalf of a company is to sort it into an order that makes a little more sense. That can be through sorting, conversion into readable graphs, insights, or even through lists. Ultimately, on behalf of the business, this big data is streamlined to the point of being readable to all, and is called “data visualization.”

From there, the data scientists work to prep the data into manageable and actionable results. This is arguably the largest part of the process, as it involves reading and understanding the data to the point that it can also predict what happens next. For business users of a company like AOT Technologies, this is how data scientists really prove their worth and come up with ways that their productivity can grow. Data scientists use algorithms and machine learning via artificial intelligence to form ideas with the presented information in a method of predictive analysis and assist in determining the business model that the company they’re contracted to should fill.

Beyond industry 4.0, and possibly 5.0 too.

There is no telling how far the new forms of computer science will take the companies of today into the future. With new innovation comes new ways to gather data, and with big data comes new ways to action business. It is a snowballing motion of growth that is yet to hit any signs of slowing down.


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