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From: Eric Schulte <eric.schulte@gmx.com>
To: John Hendy <jw.hendy@gmail.com>
Cc: emacs-orgmode <emacs-orgmode@gnu.org>
Subject: Re: Org-mode as a Quantified Self platform
Date: Mon, 30 Apr 2012 13:02:34 -0400	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <877gwxrw45.fsf@gmx.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <CA+M2ft-NVhN8AbnBoW36ce0BYoWmBzMFsY=2XPU6QiLOsXDo5A@mail.gmail.com> (John Hendy's message of "Mon, 30 Apr 2012 13:03:03 -0500")

John Hendy <jw.hendy@gmail.com> writes:

> I've really been getting into the Quantified Self movement recently,
> and by "getting into," I mean reading and watching videos and
> /thinking/ about things I'd like to track about myself. [1] I've been
> pondering what kind of "platform" to use for my data collection...
> Excel? Some time tracking application? Those were after-thoughts. I
> thought of Org-mode right away and it seemed like an obvious choice.
> Why?
> 1) I have access to it at home and work pretty easily
> 2) The ability to quickly insert time stamps/clock data
> 3) The habit family of features -- set up some initial goals
> (recurring todo headlines) and then just got to the headline and mark
> done (possibly with a note) to record the event.
> 4) Exportability (though I have some questions on this one)
> 5) I recently got an Android tablet and have mobile-org on it now,
> which I'm hoping will allow me to have even better access to data
> entering.
> 6) Should some application "go under," I'll still always have my data
> in plain text.
> On to my questions:
> -- Has anyone done something like this? I see it as very similar to
> habit tracking. To give an example, I've had a bit of a persistent
> cough. I developed it when I was sick at one point, went on
> antibiotics, and got better... but the cough kind of stuck around but
> is on and off. Now I'm wondering if it's coffee/dehydration related so
> I'd like to create headlines for Coffee, glass of water, and cough.
> Then I can just mark them done whenever I finish a cup of coffee,
> drink a glass of water, or cough. At some point I'd like to plot them
> to visualize any potential relationships.
> -- On that note, what's the best way to get data out of
> org-habit/headlines and into something a bit more usable like csv? I'm
> looking for something more than just looking through headlines for
> missed days. I'm going to need full access to the time stamps in a
> usable format (say, R) and everything agglomerated into one single
> data file.
> -- I see I can insert [inactive] timestamps in mobile-org. Making
> something a TODO seems to require manual input? I find the
> documentation fairly lacking with respect to simple basic terminology
> (Outline view vs. Document view?) and have not used it much. Any
> suggestions on using this in conjunction with the above would be
> great.
> I think org-mode could make a very spectacular data tracker due to its
> time stamp and clocking abilities along with what feels natural with
> respect to adding in narrative text/notes and being able to structure
> things how I'd like. In addition, I'll have git ability to sync with
> my home computer.
> Thoughts? Thanks for any input!
> [1] For those unfamiliar: http://quantifiedself.com/
> John

Hi John,

If you end up storing measurements in properties you could use
org-collector [1] to collect these values into tables.  From tables they
can easily be analyzed with spreadsheet formulas [2] or passed to code
blocks [3] for more sophisticated analysis and plotting.


[1]  http://orgmode.org/worg/org-contrib/org-collector.html

[2]  http://orgmode.org/manual/The-spreadsheet.html

[3]  http://orgmode.org/manual/Working-With-Source-Code.html

Eric Schulte

  reply	other threads:[~2012-04-30 19:02 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 10+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2012-04-30 18:03 Org-mode as a Quantified Self platform John Hendy
2012-04-30 17:02 ` Eric Schulte [this message]
2012-04-30 18:29 ` Zack Mayson
2012-04-30 19:21   ` Achim Gratz
2012-04-30 20:28     ` Kyle Machulis
2012-04-30 18:29 ` Zack Mayson
2012-04-30 19:08   ` John Hendy
2012-05-04 16:50 ` Sacha Chua
2012-05-07 22:37 ` Sacha Chua
2012-06-16 19:49 ` Karl Voit

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