Tal Yarkoni — bio

I'm currently a data scientist at Twitter. I spend most of my work week whispering to tweets and thanking the gods for giving us BigQuery.

Before this, I was a Research Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. My academic work focused on developing new tools and methods for the analysis of psychology and neuroimaging data.

I was born and raised in Kenya. I've also lived in Israel, Canada, and the United States. I try to live in each place just long enough to collect citizenship. I'm overdue for another move, but I've also gotten very lazy. And I like Austin.

In my spare time, I like to travel, eat ice cream (like, a lot of ice cream), and write various fictional and non-fictional things. I also play guitar and sing (mostly to myself, in the shower). I once wanted to be a musician, but I have a very short attention span, and there isn't much of a market for singer/songwriters who can't write anything longer than a 20-second jingle. I also once wanted to be a novelist, but there isn't much of a market for novelists whose novels are all 6 pages long. So I wrote a collection of short stories instead.

Some day I'll figure this biography thing out and write something half-way decent here.