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Top Influencers for Data Science

We report on top influencers in Data science in 2017 and compare with similar reports reports from 2016.

To find key influencers on the social networks, there are several approaches. Recently, we introduced the list of top influencers for Big Data based on report by Onalytica, a firm which identifies key influencers based on how deep of their follower network as illustrated in this informative blog post. Another emerging team named Kcore-Analytics (New York based) discovers key influencers in the social networks by ranking k-core decomposition scores. Kcore-Analytics released their reports of top influencers in Data science for 2016 and 2017. We will go through these lists to find impressive influencers.

Top ten influencers in Data Science 2017

Top ten influencers in Data Science 2017 by K-core Analytics

How the K-core influencer score is calculated? Relationships between people can be presented as graphs where vertices are entities and edges are connections among them. Finding communities in the graph can be done as finding subgraphs. In large-scale network analysis, K-core of a graph is a maximal connected subgraph in which every vertex is connected to at least k vertices in the subgraph.

According to Kcore Analytics reports, six influencers in the top ten of 2016 maintained their influence in the top ten of 2017. Among of these, @KirkDBorne, @KDnuggets, and @Ronald_vanLoon have more than new 30 thousand followers from 2016 to 2017. We use the last year number of followers to see the growth rate (given the released period is 412 days).  Some top handles increased less than 50% but still made the list. It might be explained by the depth of their influence network. For example, KDnuggets maintained the second ranked with just 41.5% growth rate. For handles not in the list of 2016, the growth rates are marked as NA. Below is table of the list with details of the scores and number of followers in 2017. The original rank for 2017 can be seen in the screenshot of this post. The 2016 report can be found in other sources e.g. here.


Rank Twitter Handle Influencer Score Twitter followers Follower growth rate
1 @KirkDBorne 7.59 161702 80.7%
2 @KDnuggets 3.79 89342 41.5%
3 @gp_pulipaka 3.66 27338 NA
4 @Ronald_vanLoon 3.6 96166 93.6%
5 @DataScienceCtrl 3.17 94820 34.4%
6 @ipfconline1 2.27 61032 NA
7 @bobehayes 2.2 28611 196.9%
8 @Rbloggers 2.07 48467 NA
9 @EvanSinar 2.01 52982 19.8%
10 @MrDataScience 1.96 53765 NA