List of Interesting Self-Tracking Results
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This List of interesting self-tracking results links to results of a self-tracking experiments that are both non-obvious and (at least potentially) actionable.
Examples that should *not* be on this list would include:
- Quitting Smoking Makes Me Cough Less
- Eating more fruits and vegetables makes me healthier
It should be noted that just about every Project has produced an actionable result for the individual self tracker (e.g. conventional wisdom testing, finding optimal doses) if not a new idea for humanity as a whole and are important and valid contributions to personal science.
Nick Winter - A Lazy Man’s Approach to Cognitive TestingEdit
Butter slows by 28ms. Feeling great improves speed by 12ms. Together pracetam and choline counteract the effects of butter. Gluten, whey, lactose, krill oil, and music didn't do anything to Winters. Music made these tests much more fun for him. Acetolocarnatine did a bit on one test. Creatine helped especially on coding test. Walking desk helped a little bit.
Seth Roberts - shows that walking 60 minutes per day improves his blood sugar.Edit
Formal Scientific PapersEdit
- "research from UC San Francisco that tested possible triggers of a common heart condition, including caffeine, sleep deprivation and sleeping on the left side, found that only alcohol use was consistently associated with more episodes of the heart arrhythmia."
Observational, Many variablesEdit
Most talks in Projects focus on a small section of possible variables to track and a few sturdy results, including those above. There are the "data dredging" or "fishing expedition" projects which try to track many different aspects of a person and give lots of little advice and can be very useful for exploratory work.
Examples of these types of projects are:
- The DailyViz blog, which gives an example of finding all relevant correlations in a large, personal self-tracking data set. The blog post show the interactive analysis of their data with some surprising results. The notebook WAS available.
- A reddit post on tracking every food item consumed over a year and the lessons learned
- Another reddit post of time and activity tracking correlation over 6 months in the form of a graph.
- A post on the effect of 10 different interventions on sleep quality, done using the Bearable App
- Felix Krause wrote his own aggregator & visualizer for a variety of data. The source code is available.