The Importance, or Lack Thereof, of Data Scientists Understanding the Business

Panelists at NATAS debate the pros and cons of data scientists having domain knowledge.


It started, as most great debates do, with a simple question.

"What is a data scientist?"

The question was posed by moderator Neeraj Hegde, a quantitative trading architect at Paris-based Societe Generale, during a panel looking at algorithms and analytics at the North American Trading Architecture Summit in New York.

Gary Bhattacharjee, executive director at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, said a data scientist should technically have experience in four different categories: math, engineering

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