Communications of the ACM March Cover

What is Data Science?

Communications of the ACM March CoverBy Koby Mike and Orit Hazzan
Published in Communications of the ACM, February 2023, Vol. 66 No. 2, Pages 12-13

Summary: If you ask a group of data scientists what data science is, you would probably hear different definitions. Indeed, although many attempts have been made to define data science, such a definition has not yet been reached. One reason for the difficulty to reach a single, consensus definition for data science is its multifaceted nature: it can be described as a science, as a research paradigm, as a research method, as a discipline, as a workflow, and as a profession. One single definition just cannot capture the diverse essence of data science. In this blog, we attempt to present the essence of each of these perspectives.

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