Yes, it is indeed highly likely that the stats guys are better at stats. But in the spirit of the times, let’s leave the hypothesis untested! Meanwhile, astrophysicists, graphics designers and welders, beware of new Venn diagrams ;-)
[making domain experts better domain experts] That’s an interesting way to put it.
I agree — these skills are certainly wonderful additions to the repertoire of any domain specialist. Though the surge in data scientists with only these skills (i.e., without domain skills), especially at a basic level, is worrying.
Regarding the quote (“better coders than stats guys”), maybe people sometimes forget the…