“Better question beats better data”

by | Apr 23, 2018 | Data-driven cultures

Welcome to our new series of micro-interviews, in which we ask a fascinating data person a single question about modern data teamwork.

Here’s what we asked Gregory Piatetsky-Shapiro, president of KDnuggets.

How can less-technical stakeholders contribute major value to data projects?


The most important part of Data Science, in my opinion, is not selection of latest Machine Learning algorithm (although this is a lot of fun), but finding the right questions to ask. Here is where the subject experts, business people, and others who are not Data Scientists can contribute — by helping to formulate the right questions that Data Scientists can answer with their tools.

There is a Data Science saying that “Better Data beats better algorithms”, and I want to add that “Better question beats better data” .


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