How to do data science for some of the biggest clients around

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Booz Allen Hamilton is a consultant to some of the biggest companies and government agencies around, and it’s always hiring data scientists. What’s it’s looking for might surprise you, though: Unlike large web companies who often seek advanced degrees, mad computer science skills and — of course — plenty of experience in working with large data sets, Booz Allen Hamilton might well hire a curious musician.

Josh Sullivan, a vice president in the company’s Strategic Innovation Group, called into this week’s Structure Show and talked about what he looks for in a data scientists, as well as the utility of tools like Palantir and the shift in thinking that needs to happen for the intelligence agency to truly capitalize on the big data era. Here are the highlights, but you’ll want to listen to the entire show for all the context (download options below).

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