Data science, and pretty much all of the digital economy, is built on numbers, order and statistics. It may sound boring, but it’s true.
To celebrate data science week on Siliconrepublic.com, we’re looking at statisticians and their importance in the digital food chain.
Well, rather we’re looking at jokes and memes, to shed light on the lighter side of pie charts, averages and percentages.
Statistical knowledge is key amongst large parts of computer programming and data sciences. As Hays recently explained, data scientists all have strong educational backgrounds, with 34pc educated to PhD level.
Their experiences span science, maths and physics, and one in two comes from a research background.
These figures very much mirror the type of candidate data science employers have been seeking out in the last year, which shows a definite shift to more academic profiles than was previously sought.
The data we constantly refer to in tech and science reporting is not simply rows of numbers, it is rows of information.
It is statisticians who can read this data for what it is, add context and portray it to us lesser folk.
And it’s us lesser folk who can poke fun at them:
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