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Anti-matlabist, pro-python grad student at Caltech. I'm here on SE to learn useful bits of programming and workflow design (e.g. version control) that can be applied to science, and also to help others when able.

I dabble in Python, R, latex/bibtex/tikz, elisp and scheme, and matlab (when forced).

If you work in an academic setting, please help educate people about free software alternatives to the bloated behemoth that is MATLAB.


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answered How can I learn about complex subjects?
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comment Are daily keystrokes a good proxy metric for overall productivity? How can I measure them?
I think you missed the fact that I am talking about a proxy for productivity and not a direct measure. Obviously, not all typing advances one toward his or her goals. But at least in my case, I've noticed doing my work with all cylinders cranking usually involves creating a lot of text, while passively consuming the text of others does not.
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comment Are daily keystrokes a good proxy metric for overall productivity? How can I measure them?
I am not a typist. I am a graduate student, and blasting through my goals and todos nearly always involves typing something or another because the end product in all cases is some kind of document for others to consider.
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comment Are daily keystrokes a good proxy metric for overall productivity? How can I measure them?
"How productive you are is a balance between what you have to achieve and the time you are taking to achieve it." This is exactly why time tracking (which is very popular with many people) is not the appropriate measure.
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revised Are daily keystrokes a good proxy metric for overall productivity? How can I measure them?
Retag
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comment How do I memorize lists of technical terms?
Thanks for the book recommendation. That looks like a great one I've never seen before.
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comment What is the best way to approach large tasks, such as reading scientific papers, that require intense focus?
I've started to notice that effect too.
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