What do we call what we do?

September 12, 2012

I’ve called myself a data miner for about 15 years, and the field I was a part of as Data Mining (DM). Before then, I referred to what I did as “Pattern Recognition”, “Machine Learning”, “Statistical Modeling”, or “Statistical Learning”. In recent years, I’ve called what I do Predictive Analytics (PA) more often and even co-titled my blog with both Data Mining and Predictive Analytics. That stated, I don’t have a good noun to go along with PA. A “predictive analytist” (as if I myself were a “predictor”)? A “predictive analyzer”?