The Role of Data and Analytics in Leveraging Artificial Intelligence is the essay written by me, Angelica Pinon, for extra credit in MIS2502, discussing the importance of data and analytics in the development and advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AI). My goal while writing this essay was to emphasize the complexity and sub-fields of Artificial Intelligence. AI is most often misunderstood and misinterpreted as just \’sentient\’ technology, such as robots, that are able to accomplish human-like tasks independently. However, it requires a deeper understanding of computer science, statistics, data modeling, etc. – all of which we\’ve delved into moderately.