Posted by: tonygurney | November 21, 2013

On Being a Data Skeptic – O’Reilly Media

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“Data is here, it’s growing, and it’s powerful.”

Author Cathy O’Neil argues that the right approach to data is skeptical, not cynical––it understands that, while powerful, data science tools often fail.

Data is nuanced, and “a really excellent skeptic puts the term ‘science’ into ‘data science.'” The big data revolution shouldn’t be dismissed as hype, but current data science tools and models shouldn’t be hailed as the end-all-be-all, either.

via On Being a Data Skeptic – O’Reilly Media.

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