avcontentteam — Published On May 23, 2016
Beginner Big data Business Analytics Infographic


Did you know that the concept of Regression was invented almost 2 centuries ago ?

Neither did I, until I decided to step into the glorious history of analytics. Yes! some of the concepts which we use today were invented centuries ago. In my journey of looking at the past, I came across people who were true genius. Their innate desire to share knowledge and challenge concepts has shaped the future for rest of the world.

After reading their life stories, there is one thing I found common in all these souls. That is, all these people were driven by the power of questioning. i.e. they never settled with that they had. Instead, they showed interested in knowing ‘why does something happen as it happen?’ Probably, this intense curiosity made them invent things.

I’ve listed these 16 genius minds whose inventions hold immense importance in the 21st century. Be it Python, R, SQL or Hadoop, their inventions has given livelihood / jobs to million of people around the world. If you are inspired by their work, may be you can send them a tweet if they exist.

Note: This isn’t an exhaustive list. If you’ve been inspired by the great work of other people, please share about them in comments.

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19 thoughts on "Infographic: 16 Genius Minds Whose Inventions Made Data Science Easier For Us"

Dr.D.K.Samuel says: May 23, 2016 at 4:42 am
How nice that such geniuses gave freely their work, developed after years of struggle and hard work, a special thanks to them Reply
Sudheer Rao
Sudheer Rao says: May 23, 2016 at 5:38 am
Very good article to read on a Monday morning. Cheers ! Reply
Analytics Vidhya Content Team
Analytics Vidhya Content Team says: May 23, 2016 at 5:51 am
Thanks Sudheer. I too enjoyed creating it. :) Reply
Suresh says: May 23, 2016 at 6:08 am
Great post! Good to know who invented/introduced what, Thanks Reply
James says: May 23, 2016 at 6:39 am
The 17th genius mind created the url below Analytics Vidhya Reply
Prof Vadlamani Ravi
Prof Vadlamani Ravi says: May 23, 2016 at 6:41 am
Very good indeed. We need to salute these guys often. Some more imp names are conspicuously missing. For eg: Vladimir Vapnik for SVM; Lotfi Zadeh for Fuzzy Logic; Holland for GA; Matei Zaharia for Spark; Rakesh Agarwal and Srikant for Apriori algo; MacQueen for K-Means algo; Quinlan for ID3; Breiman et al for CART and Hinto et al for Deep Learning etc. Reply
Ragini Krishna
Ragini Krishna says: May 23, 2016 at 7:19 am
Thanks to all the geniuses, who have given such wonderful work to us. Thanks Manish for the information... Reply
Analytics Vidhya Content Team
Analytics Vidhya Content Team says: May 23, 2016 at 8:13 am
No problem! :) When I read about them, I wondered what sort of divine force kept them moving forward. Truly wonderful. Reply
Analytics Vidhya Content Team
Analytics Vidhya Content Team says: May 23, 2016 at 8:14 am
Welcome :) Reply
Analytics Vidhya Content Team
Analytics Vidhya Content Team says: May 23, 2016 at 8:15 am
Thanks for sharing useful information. Reply
B.Louis says: May 23, 2016 at 10:29 am
Very good information thanks Reply
Ritesh Sen
Ritesh Sen says: May 23, 2016 at 10:30 am
Salute to these great inventors!! Nice Article Manish!!! Reply
Anant Gupta
Anant Gupta says: May 23, 2016 at 3:14 pm
I guess aprt from R inventor, the RStudio developer should also be mentioned. I feel the immense adoption of R should partly be attributed to R Studio Reply
Pavan says: May 24, 2016 at 6:06 am
Amazing facts !! All these genius contributions but never go waste. Reply
Fernando says: May 31, 2016 at 11:00 am
What about one of the fathers of data science : and developer of the FFT : John Tukey? Reply
Shakti Ranjan
Shakti Ranjan says: June 01, 2016 at 2:57 am
Enjoyed reading it Reply
Anil Menta
Anil Menta says: June 20, 2016 at 9:37 pm
Geniuses are Geniuses. We will always be indebted to them. It's very easy to forget them amidst our schedules. Effort from someone like you helps us slowdown, ponder and reflect upon their great inventions and struggles to keep us motivated. Great Article.!!! Reply
Venugopal says: October 21, 2016 at 11:54 am
Good work Reply
Narayana Reddy
Narayana Reddy says: June 09, 2017 at 12:57 pm
Very good article...cooool...! Reply

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