Reviewer has chosen to be AnonymousOverall Impression:
UndecidedTechnical Quality of the paper:
Lack of noveltyData availability:
With exceptions that are admissible according to the data availability guidelines, all used and produced data are FAIR and openly available in established data repositoriesLength of the manuscript:
The length of this manuscript is about right
Summary of paper in a few sentences (summary of changes and improvements for
second round reviews):
This paper describes the interrelationship between the areas of data science and symbolic AI
Reasons to accept:
As discussed in a previous review, the paper deals with a nice topic for the inaugural issue of this journal: the intersection between these two disciplines that so far seem to be largely disconnected, and which will clearly start converging in the coming years.
Reasons to reject:
The paper has not improved significantly (indeed, I would have expected a letter presenting the differences with respect to the previous version, according to the original comments, as it is usual practice in this type of reviewing process.
Some of the initial questions made in my initial review remain:
This paper does not bring in clearly a very clear landscape of where we are, but mostly a sequence of descriptions of existing efforts that are in between both areas, which do not flow very clearly and do not tell a clear story. Which are your main conclusions from the analysis that you have done? Which are the actual challenges and opportunities that you refer to in the abstract and title? You refer in section 5 to the limits of data science and the relationship to some theories in Science, but these are just examples, and it is not clear how symbolic AI can help in those specific cases, where it seems that mathematical formulations are potentially more useful. Only a paragraph has been added in this respect, and it is still difficult to see where the main contribution would be here.
I see that the paper has improved in its storytelling, and this is the reason why I have moved my decision to "undecided". However, a good essay on this intersection would present more clearly those intersection points, and other types of graphics that allow understanding the commonalities and differences between those approaches, and how to overcome them, and how to align initiatives in both respects.