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During the day, I create software to forecast retail sales and calculate order proposals. Lots of time series, with an emphasis on fast, automatic and robust data cleansing and forecasting. I'm an elected director for the International Institute of Forecasters and an Associate Editor for their practitioner-oriented forecasting journal Foresight. At night, I switch hats and do inferential statistics for academic clinical and biological psychology. My main tool is the statistical computing environment R.

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Jan
23
awarded  Yearling
Jan
11
comment How to remember things you don't often use?
+1, also to @Martin's comment. Just have a big txt file, and put everything in there, with all the keywords you'd be likely to search for. (I keep a tex journal, and one of the appendices serves for "stuff I rarely but regularly need and always forget" - easy to search.)
Jan
11
comment How does GTD fade to the background?
+1. And of course having GTD in place and on autopilot does not mean you don't "tinker with the process and tools", as the OP writes. Even when the basics of GTD are already "fading", since you do them automatically, you can still tweak and optimize!
Jan
9
comment How to Get Myself Started on Tasks Despite Depression and OCD?
I'm not saying you should be stigmatized. (My wife works in psychotherapy.) I'm saying you may be stigmatized. And at least you have enough energy to follow this thread and accept an answer, which is good! So: talk about this with your psychiatrist.
Jan
8
comment How to Get Myself Started on Tasks Despite Depression and OCD?
Your nick sounds like your real name. I'd recommend posting such questions anonymously. You don't want a prospective employer to come across your post.
Dec
19
comment Is there evidence that GTD increases productivity?
See xkcd on the impossibility of double-blind study protocols.
Dec
18
comment Is there evidence that GTD increases productivity?
@Superbest: sure, people are trying. But many easy approaches don't work or send perverse incentives (what's a programmer going to do if you measure his productivity by lines of code, or number of classes, or number of bugs fixed?). Other approaches, like 360 degree reviews, work better, but they are expensive to implement and still subject to noise & politics.
Dec
17
comment Is there evidence that GTD increases productivity?
+1. It's already hard enough to quantify "productivity" as such (lots of people are thinking hard about this in the context of bonus payment schemes). It'll be even harder to compare different interventions to improve productivity, given issues like selection bias, compliance, the impossibility of blinding participants (of course, raters could be blinded) and so forth.
Dec
15
awarded  Custodian
Dec
15
reviewed Reopen Is there any scientific evidence to show that 1 full day a week or 1 hour a day is more effective for learning?
Dec
15
reviewed No Action Needed Touch Typing for Programmers
Dec
13
answered Return e-mails to inbox at a later date
Dec
12
answered What is a way to become good in anything i do?
Dec
8
revised Why is most work unpleasant?
typo
Dec
8
answered Why is most work unpleasant?
Dec
4
comment How to switch to a new, spam-free, email address but avoid checking the old?
Probably not. If there were such a surefire rule, you could just use it as your spam filter and keep this address.
Dec
2
comment How to love programming or my job
Hi, and welcome to Personal Productivity! I'd guess a few more details would help us answer your question. First, why do you want to love coding? Second, what specifically do you hate about it? You write that "I feel like I'm too stupid to learn." This looks like a good point to expand on. Could you give a few details about a situation where you needed to learn something, and how you failed at it?
Dec
1
comment Difficulty to read books written by native English authors?
+1 for the first two words.
Dec
1
comment Reducing mess - ideas from the Personal Productivity world?
@Olav: by getting me to use one (or more) Inboxes, which I go through in my Weekly Review, and by making me touch everything no more than twice. This has done wonders to clean up my desk. It will admittedly do less for toys lying around, so you'll need to do something different there, like getting into the habit of putting things away immediately, or scheduling 15-minute bursts of putting stuff away every day.
Nov
28
answered Reducing mess - ideas from the Personal Productivity world?