In 2006, the world’s largest professional network — LinkedIn — resembled a startup even after four years of its functioning. At that time, the company had close to 8 million accounts. Although the number of users was steadily rising, members weren’t looking to grow their networks beyond their friends and family.
It was then that a team of data scientists found the missing link, and created features like ‘people you may know’, ‘people who viewed’ and ‘who’s viewed your profile’, and since then, LinkedIn’s growth trajectory has been much talked about. Today, it has 722+ million members in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.
That was data science working at its best. But, what exactly is data science and how will it help the future?