My name is Ravi Iyer and I am a data scientist with a PhD in social psychology, as well as 15 years of experience with database technologies. Among my current roles, I am an active moral psychology researcher at the University of Southern California, a data scientist at Ranker.com, co-founder of BeyondThePurchase.org (a consumer psychology data site), YourMorals.org (where people can learn about moral psychology), PsychWiki.com, and VoteHelp.org, a director of CivilPolitics.org, and a consultant for companies like Siemer & Associates and New Releases Now.
One of my enduring focuses is to help ideas from social sciences reach non-academic audiences and this blog is part of that. I believe that social science research benefits from being more engaged with the public at large, in all phases of the hypothesis testing process (e.g. see this paper on the wisdom of crowds approach applied to academia). While some may see academic psychology and the technology industry as separate career paths, it is my view that they are converging as technology companies increasingly serve psychological needs (see my SXSW presentation on this subject) and psychology departments seek to use more real world data that produces real world value.
Here is a link to my academic publications. I do occasional data science consulting, and am open to short term projects where I am quite comfortable using my scripting and SQL skills to manipulate your data into a format where I can do statistical analysis that I can turn into a powerpoint presentation to answer questions of interest to your organization. If you're interested in inquiring about my services, email me iyerland (at gmail . com). Aside from statistical and SQL/database expertise, I am uniquely qualified to answer questions that relate to consumer or moral psychology, as I regularly publish papers in psychology journals concerning these topics, and can leverage my knowledge of these fields.
I use this blog to write about data oriented findings that I think could be on interest to the average informed politically and socially aware reader, who is interested in a perspective informed by academic psychology. I probably won't be able to resist the urge to write the occasional off-topic observation about whatever comes to mind though.
- Good Magazine
- The New York Times
- The Wall St. Journal (also here)
- Atlantic Monthly
- NPR's Colin McEnroe Show
- Reason Magazine