I grew up knowing that my dad was a professor here at the University of Michigan, and that my mom was…. a scientist. She tried to explain her profession to me several times when I was younger, but I never truly understood what she did – nor did she have a specific title to describe her job. As I grew up, I started to understand my mom’s job, but it was still hard to explain to people. After talking about data scientists in this class, I realized that should be the titled associated with my mom.
A data scientist is someone who takes abstract data and turns it into something usable. I think that a data scientist is a profession that can be applied to various areas – business, research, etc. My mom is more associated with the research side, but data scientists can also advise businesses by looking at collected data, as well as do other thing using data. Essentially, data scientists sift through large amounts of data in order to discover something more. I believe I am also a data scientist, as I work in a research lab. I look through raw data collected from infants, and process the data in order to turn it into something comprehendible. From this, I analyze the data and give a conclusion based on my findings.
In this day and age, in which people are using technology more and more, there is data at our fingertips. Everyday, there are millions of Google searches that can provide so much insight into our community (i.e, if many people google “flu symptoms” it is safe to assume that there will be a flu outbreak), and we need to utilize this data as much as possible. It is the job of a data scientist to analyze this data, and turn it into something usable.