Data Scientist Hat
Many professions have a traditional hat and a logo. What should a selfrespecting 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 10gallon 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 whitehat and blackhat options, of course. There could be a snakeskin version for Python Data Science.
In addition, data science profession could have approriate oneliners, 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 oneliners?
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 secondeven 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 atrociouslooking 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.
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