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Data Science Jargon Explained to the Layman

This article was written by Enda Ridge.

Data Scientists need to communicate without jargon so customers understand, believe and care about their recommendations. Here is a Data Science jargon buster to help.

Data Science is a technical field that applies scientific rigor to the understanding of business data and the associated processes and products. Like traditional science, it can be full of jargon that leads to unclear business messages and a failure of findings to be understood and acted upon. Having reviewed countless Data Science reports and presentations that are not ready for business readers, I thought it would be useful to provide a list of business terms to replace Data Science jargon.

Below is a snapshot of the jargon translator.  To read the interactive article and play with the tool below, click here.


This post is inspired by a recent talk at our office by the always entertaining and informative David Reed, currently at DataIQ. David cited a speaker (the name escapes me) who had put together a similar lookup from Data Science jargon to business terms that business users understand.

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