Vital Signs

“It is true enough that not every conceivable complex human situation can be fully reduced to the lines on a graph, or to percentage points on a chart, or to figures on a balance sheet, but all reality can be reasoned about. And not to quantify what can be quantified is only to be content with something less than the full range of reason.” — Robert McNamara

What you see is some of the data I’ve collected during the 876 days of my life (between 01/03/2014 and 23/07/2016) charted as basically as possible in order to allow global readings and comparisons. I started to log some topics later on, and there is a period where I did not log mood for some technical reasons in mid-2015. I have a lot more data on medical issues, food, people, and daily activities, which I chose not to show here.
How do I collect all this data? I don’t use motion/sleep/… trackers. I’m not comfortable with wearables, I don’t even have a smartphone. All it takes is a few minutes of retrospective question answering on Reporter (on my iPad) when I wake up and go to bed every day (+ Last.fm for songs). With this method, whereas a few scalar topics have well-defined scales in terms of numbers (sleep hours, socialization, songs listened), most of them (stress, work, physical activity, etc.) are logged with approximate values defined in my head such as “0: none, 1: very few, 2: normal, …”. I’m not at all interested in the absolute values of things; I want to see patterns of increase/decrease, and the correlations between topics.

The images below (which I plan on making more of) offer explorations for some correlations – in addition to the obvious causal effects of going to the summerhouse seen on the main layout with the gray columns – sometimes using extra topics not shown there. I calculate the correlation coefficients when my capabilities allow it. (My pro-proactive efforts to find the exact combination of factors that determines my mood continue.)

I thank my cousin Alp Yağlı for helping me out with some of the data formatting with his coding skills. Sadly, I hadn’t seen him in years and he is not logged in the “other family” graph within this time period. He will be in there in the next update!

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