Data science is the science of extracting knowledge or insights from data in various forms. From finance, to marketing, tech to energy, data science is used in every industry. At the heart of mining data and building data product is the ability to view and understand the data correlations and find solutions to problems. With more and more data becoming available, many companies are finding themselves buried in data but are not able to take advantage of it. A data scientist can help companies store, process and leverage this data to gain insights.

We analysed nearly 30M data science posts from 9th April 2017 – 9th April 2018, looking at social influence as well as authority by analysing how much influencers are referenced on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Forums, Blogs, News and Tumblr content. These influencers were then identified and added to our Influencer Relationship Management software (IRM) to generate the influencer rankings and network map.


TOP 100 INFLUENCERS

Below is a list of the top 50 data science influencers. If you want to see who ranks from 1-100 be sure to download the full report by clicking the download button below!

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Rank Twitter Handle Name Company Influencer Score
1 @Werner Werner Vogels Amazon 100
2 @Fisher85M Michael Fisher Whitcraft Group 52.15
3 @KirkDBorne Kirk Borne Booz Allen Hamilton 42.9
4 @schmarzo Dean of Big Data USF Management 41.21
5 @gp_pulipaka Dr. GP Pulipaka DeepSingularity 31.67
6 @robdthomas Rob Thomas IBM 28.59
7 @Ronald_vanLoon Ronald van Loon Adversitement 23.34
8 @JacBurns_Comext Jacqueline Burns International Trade Broker 21.06
9 @drob David Robinson DataCamo 19.31
10 @alevergara78 alejandro vergara Orsan Holding 18.69
11 @dpatil DJ Patil Self-employed 18.48
12 @hadleywickham Hadley Wickham Rstudio 17
13 @MikeQuindazzi Mike Quindazzi PwC 16.53
14 @revodavid David Smith Microsoft 15.09
15 @merv Merv Adrian Gartner 13.3
16 @hmason Hilary Mason Cloudera 11.92
17 @josephsirosh Joseph Sirosh Microsoft 11.69
18 @TonyBaer Tony Baer Ovum 11.4
19 @rwang0 R Ray Wang Constellation Research 11.02
20 @jakevdp Jake VanderPlas UW eScience 10.8
21 @PyImageSearch Adrian Rosebrock PyImageSearch 10.47
22 @evankirstel Evan Kirstel UCStrategies 9.98
23 @dhinchcliffe Dion Hinchcliffe Constellation Research 9.74
24 @JimMarous Jim Marous Digital Banking Report 8.86
25 @DeepLearn007 AI Unknown 8.65
26 @insideBigData Richard Brueckner Inside Big Data 8.63
27 @fchollet François Chollet Google 8.22
28 @andi_staub Andreas Staub FehrAdvice & Partners 8.14
29 @jeffbarr Jeff Barr Amazon Web Services 7.83
30 @bigdata Ben Lorica O’Reilly Media 7.41
31 @BernardMarr Bernard Marr Consultant 7.4
32 @antgrasso Antonio Grasso Digital Business Innovation Srl 7.13
33 @jblefevre60 Jean-Baptiste Lefevre BNP Paribas 6.61
34 @Doug_Laney Doug Laney Gartner 6.38
35 @andrewbrust Andrew Brust ZDNet 5.8
36 @marcusborba Marcus Borba Borba Consulting 5.64
37 @PetiotEric Eric Petiot Consultant 5.51
38 @randal_olson Randy Olson Life Epigenetics 4.68
39 @timoreilly Tim O’Reilly O’Reilly Media 4.58
40 @YvesMulkers Yves Mulkers 7WData 4.26
41 @dez_blanchfield Dez Blanchfield Starboard IT 4.25
42 @cloudpreacher David Holm Xplorico 3.83
43 @SpirosMargaris Spiros Margaris Glance Technologies, ARBIDEX & Datametrix 3.38
44 @bobehayes Bob E. Hayes Business over Broadway 3.38
45 @juliasilge Julia Silge Stack Overflow 3.34
46 @maryjofoley Mary Jo Foley ZDNet 3.21
47 @jlmico JL Micó Unknown 3.18
48 @tamaradull Tamara Dull SAS Software 3.17
49 @BigDataGal Lillian Pierson Data-Mania 3.11
50 @chboursin Christine Boursin Le Groupe La Poste 3.02

 

MAPPING THE COMMUNITY

Below you can see a network map showing a sample of  the online data science conversations. This map was created with our Influencer Relationship Management software (IRM). If you are interested in learning more about identifying, managing and engaging with influencers click here to get in touch!

TOP 100 Brands

Below is a list of the top 50 data science brands. If you want to see who ranks from 1-100 be sure to download the full report by clicking the download button below!

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Rank Twitter Handle Name Influencer Score
1 @IBMWatson IBM Watson 100
2 @GirlsWhoCode Girls Who Code 91.62
3 @kdnuggets KDnuggets 65.89
4 @DataCamp DataCamp 48.99
5 @Azure Microsoft Azure 47.55
6 @awscloud Amazon Web Services 46.99
7 @cloudera Cloudera 43.9
8 @OReillyMedia O’Reilly Media 42.49
9 @kaggle Kaggle 41.58
10 @rstudio RStudio 35.19
11 @java Java 31.09
12 @TDWI TDWI 30.92
13 @rOpenSci rOpenSci 30.33
14 @ipfconline1 ipfconline 30.11
15 @ThePSF Python Software 28.85
16 @hortonworks Hortonworks 28.42
17 @anacondainc Anaconda 26.78
18 @TechAtBloomberg Tech At Bloomberg 24.96
19 @dataiku Dataiku 24.31
20 @NumFOCUS NumFOCUS 24.02
21 @BoozAllen Booz Allen Hamilton 23.22
22 @GCPcloud Google Cloud Platform 22.12
23 @wef World Economic Forum 21.65
24 @turinginst The Turing 21.11
25 @qubole Qubole 20.58
26 @IBMAnalytics IBM Analytics 20.32
27 @tableau Tableau Software 20.26
28 @ProjectJupyter Project Jupyter 20.17
29 @datanami Datanami 19.72
30 @Codecademy Codecademy 18.67
31 @scratch Scratch Team 18.5
32 @SASsoftware SAS Software 18.38
33 @SQLServer Microsoft SQL Server 18.37
34 @UCBerkeley UC Berkeley 18.17
35 @AnalyticsVidhya Analytics Vidhya 18.11
36 @McKinsey McKinsey & Company 17.5
37 @udacity Udacity 17.38
38 @ONS ONS 17.15
39 @Oracle Oracle 17.05
40 @WorldBank World Bank 17.01
41 @Dataversity DATAVERSITY 17
42 @Cisco Cisco 16.87
43 @coursera Coursera 16.1
44 @IBMDataScience IBM Data Science 16.09
45 @MSFTResearch Microsoft Research 15.83
46 @Informatica Informatica 15.56
47 @TheASF Apache – The ASF 14.93
48 @InsightBrief InsightBrief 14.89
49 @DataconomyMedia Dataconomy 14.59
50 @IBMcloud IBM Cloud 14.53

 


TOP 100 PUBLICATIONS

Below is a list of the top 50 data science publications. Download the full report by clicking the button below!

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Rank Twitter Handle Name Influencer Score
1 @CIOonline CIO.com 100
2 @ZDNet ZDNet 71.48
3 @DataScienceCtrl Data Science Central 38.79
4 @analyticbridge Analytica Bridge 33.48
5 @DZone DZone 30
6 @TechRepublic TechRepublic 29.91
7 @strataconf O’Reilly Strata 26.7
8 @infoworld InfoWorld 25.69
9 @XHNews China Xinhua News 25.65
10 @mashable Mashable 24.76
11 @Entrepreneur Entrepreneur 23.37
12 @Raspberry_Pi Raspberry Pi 22.87
13 @VisualStudio Visual Studio 20.95
14 @Data_Informed Data Informed 18.83
15 @techreview MIT Tech Review 17.79
16 @BerkeleyDataSci BerkeleyDataScience 17.73
17 @the_hindu The Hindu 16.9
18 @USATODAY USA TODAY 15.03
19 @EconomicTimes EconomicTimes 14.98
20 @InformationWeek InformationWeek 14.22
21 @FastCompany Fast Company 13.78
22 @AFP AFP news agency 11.49
23 @firstpost Firstpost 11.46
24 @LesEchos Les Echos 11.24
25 @CNET CNET 11.04
26 @ch9 Microsoft Channel 9 10.71
27 @NetworkWorld Network World 10.17
28 @mitsmr MITSloan Mgmt Review 10.02
29 @cbronline CBROnline.com 8.93
30 @Flipboard Flipboard 8.64
31 @InformationAge Information Age 8.15
32 @frenchweb frenchweb 7.99
33 @Computerworld Computerworld 7.93
34 @fintechna FINTECHNA 7.32
35 @MktgSciences MktgSciences 7.31
36 @HoustonChron Houston Chronicle 7.06
37 @SCMP_News SCMP News 7.04
38 @itknowingness IT Knowingness 6.84
39 @siliconrepublic SiliconRepublic 6.59
40 @Yale Yale University 6.2
41 @biconnections BIconnections 6.18
42 @sejournal SearchEngineJournal® 6.03
43 @Datamation Datamation.com 5.7
44 @binaryloom The Binary Loom 5.63
45 @eMarketer eMarketer 5.48
46 @marketo Marketo 5.46
47 @euronews euronews 5.44
48 @stratandbiz strategy+business 5.26
49 @MethodsEcolEvol Methods in Ecology and Evolution 5.24
50 @StartUpRealTime StartUpNews 5.15

 


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Disclaimer
: As ever with these lists, it must be stressed that the ranking is by no means a definitive measurement of influence, as there is no such thing. The brands, individuals and publications listed here are undoubtedly influential when it comes to driving discussion around data science.

The PageRank based methodology we use to extract influencers on a particular topic takes into account the number and quality of contextual references that a user receives. These calculations also take into account a user’s relevance (number of posts on topic), reach (number of followers) and reference (how often they are referenced by other influencers). If you want to learn more, please read our article that outlines How to identify your target influencers.


About the Authors

Joe Fields – Digital Marketing Manager at Onalytica

Joe runs the digital marketing campaigns at Onalytica to increase lead generation and drive sales. Specialities include content creation, social media advertising, engaging with audiences and building relationships with influencers, monitoring campaign performance, producing reports and measuring success.

 

Nadia Nazarchevici – Insights Analyst at Onalytica

Nadia is an Insights Analyst at Onalytica. She helps brands implement their influencer marketing programs, and delivers valuable reports to help them measure performance.