Kirk Borne is Principal Data Scientist with Booz Allen Hamilton.
He has a B.S. in Physics from Louisiana State University, and a Ph.D. in Astronomy from the California Institute of Technology.
“As a data scientist, you need to want to find solutions to problems, but also be able to communicate the result, meaning, and significance to a decision maker. Unless the person is a statistician, they’re not going to understand what P value means. The landscape of required hard skills is constantly evolving, but it includes statistics, machine learning, as well as database skills—knowing how to organize, access, and model data to make it searchable and easily retrievable. For me, it’s not about specific programming languages. Students need to have “literacy cubed”: data, computational, and statistical literacies. You need those aptitudes and talents first, and then you can go learn any programming language skill that you need to solve your problem. But there’s no point in trying to learn a language until you understand what it is you’re trying to solve, and why.”