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What is a Data Scientist VS Data Analyst?

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posted Nov 27, 2018 by Abhilasha Yadav

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A data analyst deals with many of the same activities but the leadership component is a bit different. Let’s take a look at a few examples:

  • Normally a data scientist is expected to formulate the questions that will help a business and then proceed in solving them, while a data analyst is given questions by the business team and pursues a solution with that guidance.

  • Both roles are expected to write queries, work with engineering teams to source the right data, perform data munging (getting data into the right format, convenient for analysis/interpretation) and derive information from data. However, in most cases a data analyst is not expected to build statistical models or be hands-on in machine learning and advanced programming. Instead, a data analyst typically works on simpler structured SQL or similar databases or with other BI tools/packages.

  • The data scientist role also calls for strong data visualization skills and the ability to convert data into a business story. A data analyst is normally not expected to transform data and analysis into a business scenario and roadmap.

answer Nov 28, 2018 by Navya V