More Than Just Algorithms

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2023-05-24 09:00:09

Dramatic advances in the ability to gather, store, and process data have led to the rapid growth of data science and its mushrooming impact on nearly all aspects of the economy and society. Data science has also had a huge effect on academic disciplines with new research agendas, new degrees, and organizational entities.

Recognizing the complexity and impact of the field, Alfred Spector, Peter Norvig, Chris Wiggins, and Jeannette Wing have completed a new textbook on data science, Data Science in Context: Foundations, Challenges, Opportunities, published in October 2022.6 With deep and diverse experience in both research and practice, across academia, government, and industry, the authors present a holistic view of what is needed to apply data science well.

Ben Fried, a venture partner at Rally Ventures and formerly Google's CIO for 14 years, and Michael Tingley, a software engineering manager at Meta, gathered the authors together as they were finishing up the manuscript to discuss the motivation for their work and some of its key points.

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