Posted by: A. C. Cockerill | June 27, 2019

Techie Corner – 2019 – Post #3 – The Data Science Loop

Techie Corner – 2019 – Post #3 – The Data Science Loop

What is the data science loop?

My two cents, but please share yours:

Like so many other technical terms, data science seems to be evolving in a loop.

  1. Started with two fields:  statistics and computer science (+ old computer languages)
  2. Added new software languages, particularly R and Python
  3. Got two new fields:  data science (= statistics + mostly R) and data engineering (= computer science + mostly Python)
  4. Started using the term data science for both fields, referring to computer science + mostly Python about 80% of the time
  5. Now statisticians are returning to the old term statistics (+ mostly R), leaving the term data science for computer scientists (+ mostly Python)
  6.  In the future, the loop will likely close with the return to two fields:  statistics (+ mostly R) and computer science (+ mostly Python)

It’s remarkable how often technology terms loop around to where they began.


  1. Interesting–I didn’t really understand the application of R language until now!

    • Hi Angelyn, So glad you found this picoblog interesting! R and Python are similar in their use, but statisticians seem to be more comfortable with R and have little to no desire to become fluent in Python. Computer scientists seem to gravitate toward Python and ignore R almost entirely. 🙂 Cheers, Ashley

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