Abstract: This research study provides an examination of the relatively new fields of Data Analytics and Data Science. We compare word rates in Data Analytics and Data Science documents to determine which concepts are mentioned most often. The most frequent concept in both fields is data. The word rate for data is more than twice the next highest word rate, which is for model. This contrasts sharply with how often the word data appears in most Mathematics books. Overall, we observed substantial agreement on important concepts in Data Analysis and Data Science. Eighteen of the 25 most frequent concepts are shared by both fields. One difference is that the words problem and solution had Top 25 word rates for Data Science, but not for Data Analytics. A close look at Statistics concepts suggests that Data Analytics is more focused on exploratory concerns, such as searching for patterns in data. Data Science retains more of the classical inferential activities that use sample data to draw conclusions about populations. Both fields deal with Big Data situations, but Data Scientists must continue to be prepared for traditional small sample applications.
Keywords: Data, data analytics, data science, exploratory, inference, statistics
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Recommended Citation: McMaster, K., Wolthuis, S. L., Rague, B., Sambasivam, S. (2018). A Comparison of Key Concepts in Data Analytics and Data Science . Information Systems Education Journal, 16(1) pp 33-40. http://isedj.org/2018-16/ ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of EDSIG 2017)