“As I’ve worked in the data science arena long before that name was even used, and having gone through an aborted graduate program in computer science and mathematical statistics some years ago, I think I have a unique perspective for how Data Science manifests itself today. I see it as a confluence of disciplines: computer science, mathematical statistics, probability theory, machine learning, data analysis, and visualization. Being a theorist specializing in applications of machine learning, I can safely say that I’d be hard pressed to minimize the importance of any of these disciplines, especially statistics, in its overall impact to the to the field.” Daniel Gutierrez ( 2013 )