Prof. Vasant Dhar attempts to define data science with a perspective of predictive modeling
— December 1, 2013
Excerpt from Association for Computing Machinery -- "Data science might therefore imply a focus involving data and, by extension, statistics, or the systematic study of the organization, properties, and analysis of data and its role in inference, including our confidence in the inference. Why then do we need a new term like data science when we have had statistics for centuries? The fact that we now have huge amounts of data should not in and of itself justify the need for a new term. The short answer is data science is different from statistics and other existing disciplines in several important ways."