Datacentric enthusiasm is growing strong across a variety of domains.
Whilst data science asks unquestionably exciting scientific questions, we argue that its
contributions should not be extrapolated from the scientific context in which they originate. In particular we suggest that the simple-minded idea to the effect that data can be seen as a replacement for scientific modelling is not tenable.
By recalling some well-known examples from dynamical systems we conclude that data science performs at its best when coupled with the subtle art of modelling.
KEYWORDS: Big data, Scientific modelling
H. Hosni and A. Vulpiani, “Data science and the art of modelling”, Lettera Matematica International (May 2018) https://doi.org/10.1007/s40329-018-0225-5