Tag: statistics


Chris Bartley on Understanding Chronic Fatigue

December 16, 2013

Chris Bartley worked on land mine removal as part of his undergraduate work, applying data collection and statistics to help with the process of removal. While on a trip for his research he contracted Reiter’s Syndrome. Even after he recovered he still felt like something was wrong. After consulting a physician he started tracking his…


Contests for Data Gurus

June 10, 2011

I recently came across three contests relevant to the QS community, and wanted to pass them along. 1. data in sight: making the transparent visual This is a hands-on data visualization competition held June 25th and 26th, 2011, at the Adobe Systems, Inc. offices in San Francisco’s SoMa District. Open to coders, programmers, developers, designers, scientists,…



November 5, 2010

Identifying patterns is crucial in experimentation because patterns can indicate useful correlations. After all, the whole point of experimenting on ourselves and collecting data is to find ways to make changes that help us to be happier, and patterns tell us where there are points of leverage. Patterns should make us curious, and we should…


The Visualization Zoo

May 25, 2010

Jeff Heer does it again. A Stanford professor in Human-Computer Interaction and Quantified Self advisor on data visualization, Heer and his colleagues Mike Bostock and Vadim Ogievetsky have put together a terrific guide to the various kinds of data visualization, and when and how to use each one. They call their guide A Tour through…


How To Measure Small Effects in Your Data

December 18, 2009

If you make a change to your daily routine or try a new medication, how do you know if it is working? This was the question Bard sent in for the QS Scientific Advisory Board. His challenge was met by Neil Rubens, Teresa Lunt and David Goldberg. Read Bard’s question and their answers below. And if…


Top 38 Data Blogs to Watch

May 7, 2009

Nathan Yau at the FlowingData blog has compiled a list of “37 Data-ish Blogs You Should Know About.” His list includes blogs on statistics, visualizations, maps, design, and “others worth noting,” a category that includes our own Quantified Self blog. Thanks Nathan! (Adding Nathan’s blog to the list makes 38.) Happy RSS-ing!


Do It Yourself Statistics

October 2, 2007

This free, charming, how-to site tells you simply and frankly how to do your own statistical analysis, complete with an odd-sweater-wearing mathematician to take you through the necessary Excel menus. The ultimate in geeky how-to for anybody who wants to be able to ask some basic analytical questions for themselves. Why take it on faith?…