Megan Yates is the founder and chief scientist of data-led modelling and analytics company Ixio Analytics. She tells Margaret Harris that she enjoys being able to get to grips with and solve problems You are both a data scientist and an evolutionary biologist - tell me what these entail. A data scientist processes large amounts of data - from various sources and in diverse forms - to discover insights that drive future actions. The focus of the job is on improving business outcomes. I love the investigative, analytical process and seeing real data-driven value for our clients. The field requires excellent problem-solving skills, using a variety of mathematical and statistical tools and techniques, to make sense of complex business data. Biological data, with its often large and messy datasets, isn't too different from business data. An evolutionary biologist studies the genetic, ecological, geological and environmental factors and processes that produced the patterns we see in natur...

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