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The Split Personalities of Data Scientists: Survey Results and Insights

Who are Data Scientists and what is the distribution of their skills in the community? What skills do organizations say they want but actually need?

For our August event, Harlan Harris, Marck Vaisman, and Sean Murphy will be presenting results from a survey of Data Scientists that addresses these questions and explores the disconnect between reality and recruitment. They will highlight unique combinations of skills and suggest ways that Data Scientists can market themselves and get ahead.

  • 6:30pm -- Networking and Refreshments
  • 7:00pm -- Introduction
  • 7:10pm -- Harlan, Marck and Sean's presentation and Q&A
  • around 8:30pm -- Adjourn for Data Drinks


Harlan Harris has a PhD in Machine Learning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and is Senior Data Scientist at Kaplan Test Prep.

Marck Vaisman has an MBA from Vanderbilt and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Boston University, and is Principal Data Scientist at DataXtract, working with a broad range of clients.

Sean Murphy has an MBA from Oxford and a MS in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins, and has worked as a Data Scientist at Hopkins and at several startups.

Harlan and Marck co-organize the Data Science DC and R Users DC Meetups, and Sean will soon be launching a new Data Business DC Meetup. All three are on the Board of the forthcoming Data Community DC, Inc.

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  • Janet D.

    Hi Marck,
    New article by Harvard Business Review, "Data Scientist: The Sexiest Jog of the 21st Century."


    September 19, 2012

  • Jeff A.

    Great presentation and discussion!

    August 29, 2012

  • Alps

    When is Data Business DC coming?

    August 21, 2012

    • Sean M.

      Very soon! ... first event should be the back half of September.

      August 28, 2012

  • Eva

    I am out side if the building but I cannot get in without a pass. Can anyone here let me in?

    August 27, 2012

    • Jerome Y.

      Did anyone come to your rescue?

      August 27, 2012

    • Eva

      Yes! Thank you! I really enjoyed the meetup

      August 28, 2012

  • Janet D.

    Very interesting presentations from Marck, Harlan and Sean. Appreciated the visualization of the results and insights. Enjoyed the group feedback on how depth vs breadth of skills are perceived individually. Peter and I are from We offer online courses (100+) that cover data mining, predictive modeling, bayesian statistics, R programming, statistical modeling, visualization, statistical modeling, optimization, risk analysis. If you'd like to increase your breadth (or depth) we'd love to see you online. To take advantage of the reduced rate, please choose academic pricing and type "DSDC Meetup" in the academic affiliation block.

    If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

    August 28, 2012

  • Joseph

    Very good data

    August 28, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    The survey research was very useful - the skill groupings helped me realize how much (and what kind of) hype there is around data science. This will help me figure out my educational/experience next steps.

    August 28, 2012

  • Doug_S

    Fun! Seemed a bit rushed at the end, but good presentation and good discussion.

    August 28, 2012

  • Leo N.


    August 27, 2012

  • Layne M

    Sorry to cancel with late notice

    August 27, 2012

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