I received this morning, like everyone, an email from LinkedIn about 59 of your LinkedIn connections that are more popular than you. In short, it represents about 0.5% of my 10,000+ connections, and I decided to share with you those people listed at the top - the top 100, not just the top 59. This is based on profile views over the last 7 days, so it will change week after week. Also, I removed recruiters, generic VC or angel investors, and non data scientists in general (based on skill mix): it narrowed down to 25 profiles, listed below.
Interestingly, very few are females (I think only one, Monica), and of course quite a few are employed by linkedIn. Some famous people like Gregory from KDNuggets, Nate Silver or Prof. Davenport are missing. But at least, it shows a very different picture, compared with the traditional "top data scientists" lists published by journalists, and based on some mysterious mix of questionable Twitter metrics, and unfiltered data. In short, the list below provides a fresh perspective about top data science thought leaders and practitioners.