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Should there be a Data Scientist Pledge?


The poll asked 2 questions:
  • Should there be a Data Scientist Pledge?
  • Do you consider yourself a Data Scientist or Analytics Professional?
Here are the results (based on 125 votes) which suggest a split between data scientists and "lay-people".

The majority of the data scientists were sceptical and did not support the pledge, while the majority of non-data scientists supported the pledge. Further geographic analysis of the non-data scientists showed that it was the Asian non-data scientists that were in favor of the pledge.

Favor Pledge Data Scientist NOT
Data Scientist
No  53%  27%
Not sure  12%  23%
Yes  35%  50%


Gregory James, Data Scientist Pledge
Without professional licensing, and all the legal ramifications that go with it, pledges are meaningless. That stands for the ACM's efforts too.

Mike, What could possibly go wrong?
Dear Ph.D. applicant,

We regret to inform you that your application has been denied. We thank you for your dissertation, and many years of fine research at this university, but unfortunately you were accused six times of violating Copyright law, and we have evidence that you may have communicated via Facebook with a known hacker. Since these activities are clear violations of the infallible oath of computer science professionals, we cannot in good conscience extend to you the degree for which you have applied. We apologize for the inconvenience that this will undoubtedly have in your life, but remain firm in our stance that math must never be used for unapproved activities.

The Dean of the College of Computer Science

Gregory PS, Editor, Data Scientist Pledge
Given the increasing importance of data scientists, would it be useful to have a data scientist pledge as a rite of initiation or is it a pointless exercise?

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