Diversity in science – celebrating British Science Week

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As a data science consultancy, we’d like to celebrate British Science Week #BSW21 and the innovation in science, technology, maths and engineering, as well as the diversity of these roles. Many of our graduate consultants join Mango from a Maths and Statistics background, but also equally from a science background where many of the data and analytic approaches, including R are introduced.

Can data science be classified as a Science? We asked our Consultants, and the answer was a resounding ‘yes’, as our Graduate Data Scientist, Elizabeth Brown explains. “In my opinion, Data Science is a Science. The goal of Science is to gain a better understanding of the world around us, to explain why things happen or to describe the relationship between concepts. A big part of science is taking this understanding and applying it to real world situations, whether that be making advancements in medicine as we have witnessed with the vaccine development, or a modern way of introducing scientific methods to automate processes and make more intelligent decisions – ‘innovating for the future’, just as the theme for British Science Week this year. Like a science, we make observations, come up with hypotheses and through experimentation, test our hypotheses”.

Rich Pugh, Mango’s Chief Data Scientist agrees, “When done right, data science should be based on, and resemble, the scientific method. We formulate a “hypothesis” (although the structure of this can vary across application), then we use data to test that hypothesis”.

“Data is everywhere and being able to use it effectively to improve our understanding of the world is very exciting – expanding data-driven decision making, scientific discovery and  automation”, explains Elizabeth.

The growing capabilities of AI and machine learning are paving the way for real world solutions such as self-driving cars, much needed fraud prevention and addressing climate change. Fundamentally, data science isn’t just solving business problems, as a career it can support initiatives to create a healthier, greener and kinder world.

If you are interested in a data science career with Mango, click here to find out more.