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The Personal Analytics of My Life

Mar 12, 2012, 14:02 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Wolfram)

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"OK. So email is one kind of data I?ve systematically archived. And there?s a huge amount that can be learned from that. Another kind of data that I?ve been collecting is keystrokes. For many years, I?ve captured every keystroke I?ve typed?now more than 100 million of them.

"There are all kinds of detailed facts to extract: like that the average fraction of keys I type that are backspaces has consistently been about 7% (I had no idea it was so high!). Or how my habits in using different computers and applications have changed. And looking at the daily totals, I can see spikes of writing activity?typically associated with creating longer documents (including blog posts). But at least at an overall level things like the plots above look similar for keystrokes and email."

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