Data Science is having its ‘day’ in the sun. This strange stew of computer science, algorithmic skills, hacking abilities, statistical inferencing, probabilistic modeling and scientific enquiry which started off as a rebranding of statistical work became a bona-fide job title only in 2008. Yet, it is now the ‘sexiest job of the 21st century’. Amidst all the hoopla there is a lot of confusion on what constitutes a data scientist. However tempting it may be to try and define a high-priesthood of data science, the fuzziness comes from the fact that different businesses require and therefore rightly organize themselves around different flavors of data science. However we choose to define it, data science requires a fundamentally interdisciplinary mindset to problem solving. Data science at MSD is centered around building data products using machine learning, statistical inferencing and modeling of domain knowledge. Some musings on our data science culture –