On July 18th, 2015, an article Michael wrote was featured on VentureBeat. The full text can be found below and where it was originally posted here.
Over the course of the last year I’ve spoken with hundreds of employers interested in hiring data scientists – in particular, data scientists with advanced educational degrees. Many employers and hiring managers have heard that big data is the “hot new thing.” But as with all “hot new things,” there’s as much misinformation about data science as there are facts. Here are three misconceptions about big data and data science that I often encounter:
1. Big data is statistics and business intelligence with more data. There’s nothing new here.
This is a view often held by those with limited or no software development experience and it is plainly false. The perfect analogy for this is ice. Ice is just cold water right? There’s nothing new here. However, cooling down water doesn’t just change a quantitative property (temperature) but drastically changes its qualitative properties (transforming a liquid to a solid). Continue reading