# Data Scientist Hat

Many professions have a traditional hat and a logo. What should a self-respecting data scientist wear? We review several proposals. Send us your suggestions.

Many professions have a traditional hat - a tall white hat for a chef, a 10-gallon hat for a cowboy, a mortarboard hat for a graduate, a hard hat for a miner.

In the 20th century analytics professionals could wear a data miner hat, adapted from a regular miner hat by addition of a large database (here is Gregory modeling a data miners hat for Huffpost). However, now analytics professionals prefer the title of a **data scientist**, proclaimed the 21st century sexiest profession.

What should data scientists wear?

For any kind of hat, there should also be a logo.

The combined brainstorming of **Talent Analytics** and **KDnuggets** have produced the first 3 designs for the logo - see below.

The first 3 graph designs have **Confusion** on the vertical axis, **Data Size** on the horizontal axis, and a **Data Science ** curve showing which decreases in confusion as the data size increases.

Version 2 also has a red **Hype** curve (increasing confusion as the data size increases).

Version 3 has **Intuition** curve, and Insight at the point of intersection of **Data Science** and **Intuition.**

Version 4 is a simplified version of Drew Conway Data Science Venn Diagram.

Which of these design do you like best? Vote via twitter by replying to **@kdnuggets** with your selection corresponding to the design: #DataScienceHat1, #DataScienceHat2, etc

Do you have a better design for a data science logo ? Please email to **.**

If there is sufficient demand, we will produce actual physical data scientist hats, with white-hat and black-hat options, of course. There could be a snake-skin version for Python Data Science.

In addition, data science profession could have approriate one-liners, such as

- Size matters! My Data is Bigger than Yours
- Data Science is 80% data preparation, 20% complaining about data preparation (thanks to
**@BigDataBorat**) - Torture data long enough and it will confess to anything (Black hat data science?)
- Size is not important! It's how you use it that's important (thanks to Brendan Tierney)

What are your favorite data science one-liners?

Here are some additional hat suggestions received on LinkedIn group Advanced Business Analytics, Data Mining and Predictive Modeling:

- Vincent Granville: These hats are supposed to protect you or others from something:
- Miner: hat protects head from rock falls, hitting a rock wall
- Cowboy: hat protects head from bullets or from sun
- Baker: hat protects cakes from being contaminated by hair
- Data Scientist: hat protects brain from nefarious radiations and waves

- Gregory Piatetsky: Great idea ! We need a data scientist hat that will protect from Hype and Overfitting !
- Bill Galen: I would suggest a Sam Spade fedora, but that's already been taken.

Panama is a close second--even for the ladies: www.pilotguides.com/images/content/tv_shows/crews/panama_columbia/panama_hat200x250.jpg - Mauricio Pommier Gasser: I like this hat
**^**... - Andrew Troemner: This reminds me when I was in grad school for Economics, and one of my old high school teachers swore he would buy me the most atrocious-looking bowtie.

If neckwear is on the table, may I recommend and ascot? Not because it's particularly appropriate but just because I want to be classy while I'm pouring over Python scripts.