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11/6/2014 09:50 AM EST
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rick merritt
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Re: 140000 to 180000 jobs?
rick merritt   11/7/2014 10:33:08 AM
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@Wilbur: I think the Dell World panelists were saying there is a lack of people with skills in

Statistics + Computer Science + Industry Domains = Data Scientists

In the future each business sector will need specialists who can run the numbers, expressed as software algorithms run across the evolving Web 2.0 servcies and interpret them into meaningful insights.

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Re: 140000 to 180000 jobs?
wilber_xbox   11/7/2014 12:44:53 AM
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I agree witht @docdivakar that the talent shortage is not due to lack of talented people but due to lack of vision and mission from company CXOs about the role of data sciences within their organization. Just like IoT, Big data is a catch word today and everyone is using it to showcase their lack of knowledge about problems/solutions. 

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docdivakar   11/6/2014 7:08:57 PM
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@chip_maker  thanks for the info on Dell World Live Online.

I really don't think there is a shortage of people with good computational statistics knowledge in the world today. They may not fit the bill 100% as data scientists but can morph into 'data scientists' in a relatively short time (than it takes to educate an army of them that the panel seems to be addressing!).

Secondly, most 'experts' are talking about the data scale (& perhaps less on variety and complexity of data) when it comes to big data. But analyzing big data stemming from umpteen applications is not just limited to these. There are many applications where subject matter exxpertise coupled with deeper statistical knowledge is required. The panel of 'experts' pontificating at dozens of events held this year to date don't even recognize this let alone address it. And that is because an ovewhelming majority of them are from the IT area and have no exposure to the diversity of big data that needs subject matter expertise.

MP Divakar

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Re: 140000 to 180000 jobs?
Jessica Lipsky   11/6/2014 6:50:37 PM
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And how! I just spoke with a chair of EE at UT Austin, and he said that while data science is an important tool in a student's belt, it's equally important to teach them to learn on their own. It begs the question: can you really teach "vision" that the industry needs?

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140000 to 180000 jobs?
chip_maker   11/6/2014 12:46:53 PM
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Whenever corporations talk about the need for engineers/scientists that's a real sign for unemployed/students to review those fields if they could jump in for lucrative careers.

For the poor folks who could not make it to Austin, the Dellworld is live online and one can register to it with personal email address ('Dell World Live Online').

(Passion aside, even immigrant students from 'under developed world' (who spent their old parents' savings to land in USA)  should pay attention to articles like these and review the opportunities for the sake of Green cards instead of accepting jobs on lower wages/longer hours and displacing aged workers)

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Calling all data scientists
rick merritt   11/6/2014 11:38:02 AM
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Who are some of the alpha dogs in data scince these days?

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