Type A Data Scientist: The A is for Analysis. This type is primarily concerned with making sense of data or working with it in a fairly static way. The Type A Data Scientist is very similar to a statistician (and may be one) but knows all the practical details of working with data that aren’t taught in the statistics curriculum: data cleaning, methods for dealing with very large data sets, visualization, deep knowledge of a particular domain, writing well about data, and so on.
…of people are enough to sway product and design decisions. The short answer is yes, but it depends. We don’t often have the luxury of conducting academic-level research in order to inform product and design at IBM due to the speed and scale at which we must work, but what we can do is to try to understand our users and their needs qualitatively, and drive the design strategy as the data dictates.