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About Russ Thompson

Russ Thompson is a Senior Research Scientist at Alexa. Day to day he cleans, rationalizes, and models vast quantities of data to derive understanding and tease stories from it. When he’s not wrestling with numbers, Russ takes to the hills hiking and backpacking California’s many trails. Russ holds a PhD in Math from Cornell University.

Understanding Data Science and Why It’s So Important

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It’s been said that Data Scientist is the“sexiest job title of the 21st century.” Why is it such a demanded position these days? The short answer is that over the last decade there’s been a massive explosion in both the data generated and retained by companies, as well as you and me. Sometimes we call this “big data,” and like a pile of lumber we’d like to build something with it. Data scientists are the people who make sense out of all this data and figure out just what can be done with it. Continue reading