Welcome

My name is Debra Ray. I have an M.S. degree in applied economics from the University of Maryland, where I learned a variety of statistical methods used in causal inference and prediction. I received my B.A. in political science with an international relations emphasis and a minor in economics from the University of Arizona.

I’m currently available for data analyst / statistical programming roles. Not only do I have a solid understanding of statistics, but I can create reusable programs in Python using object-oriented programming and improve processing speeds with multithreading.

If you’d like to learn more about me, browse through the site. If you see something you like, or you want to discuss what I can do for you, feel free to drop me a line.

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Disappointment made me fearless and success gave me a reason to hope.

Debra Ray

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My Bio

Who I Am

From a young age, I’ve always had a sense of motivation and passion driving me forward. Whether it’s exploring unique opportunities, learning additional skills, or meeting new people, I bring these values to every experience throughout my life on a personal and professional level. To learn more about me, keep exploring my site or reach out directly.

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My Skillset

Competence & Aptitude

Programming Console
Analysing data
Business Team

Computer Programming

Python, SQL, Stata, VBA, R, Git, Powershell, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Heroku, Windows Task Scheduler, Big O Space and Time Complexity

Statistics

OLS, Panel OLS, Logistic Regression, Time Series, Bayesian Probability, Regression Discontinuity, Differences-in-Differences, IV Regression, Propensity Score Matching, Synthetic Regression Design

Research

Statistical Methods, Sampling, Surveys, Focus Groups, In-Depth Interviews, Journaling Studies, Reporting, Presenting, Exploratory Data Analysis

Experience

What I’ve Done

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June 2021 - Present

CRS Analyst, Ned Davis Research

NDR is a global provider of independent investment research, solutions and tools. Here, I work on the custom research solutions team, providing analysis on trading strategies and delivering custom research projects to clients.

February 2021 - June 2021

Research Consultant, Edgemont Group & others

Freelance ad-hoc Python data analysis and research projects including customer segmentation and predictive modeling. Created a customer lifetime value model in Python using the Lifetimes package.

June 2019 - February 2021

This is a great part-time, freelance position that gave me the time to finish my M.S. degree in applied economics and volunteer as a Python instructor in Ecuador.

Stock Market Reporter, Motley Fool

November 2019 - March 2020

Volunteer Python Instructor, Código Ecuador

Código Ecuador is a nonprofit organization working to promote technology skills and computer programming careers for high school students in Ecuador, with a focus on female empowerment. 

May 2018 - February 2019

Senior Research Associate, Hanover Research

Hanover Research provides high quality, custom research, and analytics through a cost-effective model that helps clients in the corporate, education, and healthcare sectors make informed decisions, identify and seize opportunities, and heighten their effectiveness.

December 2016 - February 2017

Economic Data Intern, Market News International

Market News is a financial news organization focused on international capital markets.

February 2016 - December 2016

Research Associate, The CoStar Group

The CoStar Group is a commercial real estate research company that provides market insights to real estate professionals and boasts 9 out of the 10 top real estate companies in the United States as clients.

Education

Educated in economics, statistics, math, and world affairs.

August 2016 - November 2019

M.S. Applied Economics, University of Maryland

A carefully designed program offering rigorous training in quantitative analysis, economic modeling, and econometrics. TFE Times nationally ranks the University of Maryland's master's program in applied economics as the #2 top economics master's program.

January 2010 - December 2014

B.A. Political Science, University of Arizona

The School of Government and Public Policy is one of the largest schools at the University of Arizona and is uniquely situated to serve as a model for public affairs education. The SGPP engages in high-caliber research, teaching, community outreach, and civic leadership.

Hiking in Sunset

"Do not go where the path may lead. Instead, go where there is no path and leave a trail"

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Reading

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Books I've read

Economics

Law and Macroeconomics by Yair Listokin

The Courage to Act by Ben Bernanke

The Shifts and the Shocks by Martin Wolf

Flash Boys by Michael Lewis

Capital in the 21st Century by Thomas Piketty 

Avoiding the Fall by Michael Pettis

The Great Rebalancing by Michael Pettis

The Bottom Billion by Paul Collier 

The Leaderless Economy by Peter Temin and David Vines

The Price of Inequality by Joseph Stiglitz

This Time is Different by Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff

Making Globalization Work by Joseph Stiglitz

Globalization and its Discontents by Joseph Stiglitz

Other

Almost Human by Lee Berger

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

The House with Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne

    *Fun Fact: I have been to the House of Seven Gables in Salem,      Massachusetts.

Siddharrta by Hermann Hesse

The Fall by Albert Camus

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
The Self-Taught Programmer by Cory Althoff

Contact

Debra Ray

Statistical Programmer / Data Analyst

Email: debraray89@icloud.com

Phone: 571-216-5441

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