🏆The Resident Data Scientist
When I think of Data Science today, I cannot help but realize with a sense of pride and belonging that I had a Data Scientist at home all along while growing up.
Thirty years ago in our home in India, Data Science was unknown but the Data Scientist, my father, T. Sampath Kumar, was always at work. He was adept at noting down precious little data nuggets from newspapers, the daily news on TV, electricity meter readings, price charts, train timetables, packaged food ingredients, local temple festival times, names of people who showed up at social gatherings, food menus at family events, daily temperature, humidity and rainfall etc.
So, what’ the point?
When my mom declared that the summer that year has been the hottest – out came the Data Scientist with temperature statistics across many bygone years proving that the summer in question was not quite so.
When a relative complained that though there was more spread at a certain family event but there weren’t as many takers for the same – out came the Data Scientist with his diary to indicate classes of people across multiple events who binged, who skipped and who came so late that little of consequence was left.
When I expressed that I used the water heater sparsely in winter and asserted that my tolerance of the cold was improving as I grew more robust – out came the Data Scientist with electricity meter readings to prove that our consumption of electricity had actually increased over the years and even more so in winters given the fact that we went out less and stayed at home more.
I fondly look back at what I learnt then and use now as Data Science even though that Data Scientist is long gone.
By: Rangaprasad Sampath