About blog posts

I use the blog section of this website as a personal web log (blog in the original sense of the word). It’s a record of things I’ve done, the impact I’ve had, and my plans for the future. I don’t go into great detail regarding any particular item, instead preferring to link to the relevant external link describing either the data or my own opinion.

I don’t expect the blog section to be of wide interest to readers. The main reason I’m making it public is that I expect that some people would find it interesting, either at present or in historical perspective.

February 2015 in review

This is the fifth of my month-in-review posts. My posts for the past four months (in reverse chronological order) are here, here, here, here respectively.

Some overall background

The month was busy for me as usual. Work picked up, as our company got a bunch of new clients. Thus, my online non-work output declined considerably relative to January.

The month of March will be even busier work-wise, so it’s highly likely that my March 2015 review will be a lot shorter because I won’t have time to get much non-work stuff done. That said, I do hope to finish a couple of long pending items, the most important of which is the (long pending) Open Borders: The Case site revamp.

Wikipedia editing

General background information: My site page about my Wikipedia contributions

I created four new pages in February:

Each of these pages took about 1-2 hours to create, a little more than my usual time taken to create pages of this sort. This was partly because the new nature of topic meant that information sources were a little harder to find and connect into a coherent narrative.

I created these pages as part of a recurring interest in understanding two key components of the economy: agriculture and finance. The first page was also related to my interest in migration, specifically understanding migrant labor in the US agricultural sector.

The majority of the work creating and editing these pages was done during BART rides. However, unlike January, a fairly small fraction of BART rides was devoted to Wikipedia editing. That’s part of the reason my Wikipedia throughput this month was small relative to last month.

In addition, I made minor edits to other pages, such as to the Sandler Foundation page to cite external coverage of the foundation, including coverage by GiveWell.

February impact: Pages I’ve created over my lifetime got a total of 130,493 pageviews in February 2015. You can see the pageviews by page for the month here. You can also see pageviews for pages I created and all months here, and the corresponding numbers for all years here.

The total number of pageviews just slightly exceeded the upper bound of my 80% confidence interval (107,000-130,000) (that I provided in my January 2015 review) despite there being no significant surprises with regards to pageviews. This suggests the need for widening confidence intervals.

As for pages edited significantly but not created by me, the number of pageviews was 87,525, notably less than what I’d expected (about 100,000).

March forecast: Given that my February forecast appears to have been too narrow, I’ll aim for a wider forecast for March. For pages I’ve created, my point estimate is 139,000, my 80% confidence interval for pageviews is 111,000-157,000 and my 95% confidence interval is 90,000-175,000.

Subject wikis

General background information: My site page about the subject wikis

I spent zero time editing the subject wikis this month. Traffic to them grew at its usual steady pace, highlighting that the subject wikis have become sufficiently mature that they don’t need much ongoing supervision.

February impact: I’ve put the numbers for Groupprops in a table for easy perusal and comparison. Numbers are from Google Analytics.

Metric Feb 2015 Jan 2015 Dec 2014 Feb 2014 Jan 2014 Dec 2013
Pageviews 73,713 55,121 77,725 57,925 41,989 60,232
Sessions 36,417 26,717 36,147 29,123 21,466 28,769
Pages/session 2.02 2.06 2.15 1.99 1.96 2.09
Pageviews in sessions with at least 5 pageviews 24,338 19,408 28,641 18,354 13,166 20,793

The total number of pageviews (73,713) was near the middle of my 80% confidence February forecast interval (68,000-80,000) made in my January 2015 review.

Views of other important subject wikis:

  • Market: 20,704 pageviews, compared with 20,053 for February of last year. It’s fairly stagnant. An increase in pageviews would probably be contingent on content expansion, something I hope to get to after achieving specific milestones with Open Borders: The Case.
  • Calculus: 19,539 pageviews, compared with 16,193 for February of last year.

March forecast: Last March, there had been a site issue where pages with math in them had failed to render properly for a short period of about four days. Therefore traffic last year (57,724 pageviews) is less than it should have been (about 64,000). Adjusting for this, and what seems like an year-on-year growth of 20-40%, my 80% confidence interval for the number of pageviews this March is 75,000-100,000.

Open borders

General background information: My site page about open borders

Four of my blog posts were published on Open Borders: The Case. Most of the work in drafting and editing the posts happened within the month.

You might also want to check out the site’s month-in-review.

Plan for March: I hope to spend practically all my off-work hours on completing the site revamp, which has been pending in a partial state for quite a while now.

Server downtime

Server performance this month was a lot better than last month, with a total of about 40 minutes of downtime on February 24/25. Overall uptime was 99.9%.

Stuff by others I’m loosely involved with

Entertainment

I bought the first season of the Mary Tyler Moore show, which I find an interesting sitcom given its historical importance (the most famous line in it being the pilot “You’ve got spunk!” line, which is how I originally discovered the show). I didn’t get time to watch much of the show, though — I watched about four episodes. It’s a nice show but I don’t know if it’s good enough to be worth finishing, and I probably won’t buy other seasons for a while. Unlike Gilmore Girls, it’s not really that “realistic” — this is partly because it’s a sitcom and therefore intended to be unrealistic, and partly also because it’s from an era farther back in time that is harder to relate to.

I also bought a few more MP3 songs, including Humdard from Ek Villain and two songs by Shakira: Hips Don’t Lie (apparently the best selling single of the 21st Century) and Whenever, Wherever. This was my first time properly listening to Shakira, and I enjoyed it.

I’ve been reading the recently released chapters of Eliezer Yudkowsky’s Harry Potter fanfiction Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality (HPMOR), which I found interesting though not as gripping as I used to find HPMOR. (This isn’t because of a decline in quality of HPMOR, but because I’m preoccupied with many other things these days).

Bureaucratic activities

Although I was basically done with my taxes at the end of last month, I kept postponing the proofreading and final submission, as other, more urgent, stuff kept coming up. In the last week of February, I finally got a chance to proofread my federal taxes. I intend to send them off today (March 1). I also filed my California and Illinois taxes online.

January 2015 in review

This is the fourth of my month-in-review posts. My posts for the past three months (in reverse chronological order) are here, here, here respectively.

Some overall background

I had some time off my job in December 2014, due to end-of-year leanness in work, and I used this time to draft many Open Borders: The Case blog posts. Work has reverted this month to a level comparable with November or the first half of December, and is likely to increase to unprecedented levels in the next few months. My high apparent output on various projects in January is largely a result of material I put in the pipeline in December, as well as due to a shift in priorities away from relaxation and entertainment and towards online publication.

Wikipedia editing

General background information: My site page about my Wikipedia contributions

I created a number of Wikipedia pages this month, including:

  • Chartbeat, a real-time analytics service.
  • AirPair, a service that connects people who need coding help with those who can help them for one-on-one guidance.
  • ZenPayroll, a company that facilitates payroll, and is particularly cost-effective for small companies.
  • Zenefits, a company that facilitates group health insurance and human resource management for companies.
  • AdChoices, a program for advertisers to offer users choices on whether they personalize the ads they serve to users.
  • Labor Condition Application, an application whose approval needs to be submitted for H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 petitions.

I got interested in these topics in the course of research or reading I was doing in relation to personal projects, my job, and bureaucratic formalities.

About half of these pages were made during BART rides, at the rate of about one page per ride (the ride for me, between the Ashby BART and the 16th Street/Mission Street BART, lasts about 30 minutes). Although I don’t have Internet access on BART on my laptop (my phone has its own Internet access but can’t create a Wi-Fi hotspot), I opened up a bunch of related links just before departing, and pieced them together during the ride. (See also my efficiency tips page).

I also updated some timeline pages on Wikipedia:

I did the first three updates on Sunday January 25, over a stretch of time of approximately 1.5 hours. The next two were done during BART rides, using the modus operandi described above. The last one (the timeline of PayPal) took several BART rides, because I had several years of information (2009-2014) to fill, and PayPal is a lot bigger and more important than Airbnb and Pinterest.

I also made some changes to the Optional Practical Training Wikipedia page in the course of research I did for my blog post about Optional Practical Training.

I had toyed with the idea of making Wikipedia pages on many other topics, but ultimately decided against it due to lack of time. Some of the pages I shelved aside were:

  • Company pages: Instacart, SimplyInsured
  • Timeline pages: LinkedIn, Uber, Zipcar, Zynga, Instagram, Secret (app)
  • Visa pages: H-1B1 visa (a variant of the H-1B visa), the N visas

Given the increasing pace of my work, as well as my other commitments, I don’t know if I’ll get time to pursue any of these possibilities in the near future.

One of the reasons I like using the BART rides for Wikipedia editing rather than other tasks is that it’s relatively mechanical and doesn’t really require me to be online. Another candidate for BART rides is Open Borders: The Case blog posts, but these generally require some Internet access insofar as drafting the posts raises new lines of inquiry that need to be answered through a web search. I’ve also used BART rides for coding work related to my job, but that often requires more concentration and I generally do it only if I really want to get it done or I’m not too fatigued.

January impact: Over the month, Wikipedia pages I’ve created over my lifetime got a total of 121,366 views. You can access the full details here. One of the pages I created, namely Park Yeon-mi, has been edited beyond recognition, and it also had a large number of pageviews (9,588 views over the month). Therefore, it may be fair to exclude it from the total, bringing the total down to 111,778 views.

For pages I have significantly edited but did not create, the total pageview count in the month of January was 100,228 (you can access full details here).

February forecast: I expect a fairly similar number for pages I created, but a spike for pages I edited but didn’t create, largely due to Facebook’s anniversary driving traffic to the timeline of Facebook page. But that spike will be only a few thousand pages and may be overwhelmed by other factors.

Controlling for the shorter length of the month, I expect the February number for pages I created to be modestly better than the January number, because some of the pages I created at the end of January have been getting a decent number of pageviews. My February point estimate is 117,000, my 80% confidence interval is 105,000-130,000, and my 95% confidence interval is 95,000-150,000 (revise all numbers downward by about 10,000 if the Park Yeon-mi page is to be excluded).

Subject wikis

General background information: My site page about the subject wikis

For a few hours one weekend, I spent some “relaxation” time browsing and making edits to Groupprops. I also fixed some errors in Groupprops and other subject wikis reported through the online error reporting form. You can see the error fixes in the site’s error log.

Once I’ve accomplished some specific goals with my work on Open Borders: The Case, I intend to devote more systematic time to the subject wikis. This time will probably be directed at Calculus, Market, and a nascent machine learning wiki, but I will probably keep returning to Groupprops, if only to revisit some of my organizational choices there when seeking inspiration for the newer wikis.

January impact: I’ve put the numbers for Groupprops in a table for easy perusal and comparison. Numbers are from Google Analytics.

Metric January 2015 December 2014 January 2014 December 2013
Pageviews 55,121 77,725 41,989 60,232
Sessions 26,717 36,147 21,466 28,769
Pages/session 2.06 2.15 1.96 2.09
Pageviews in sessions with at least 5 pageviews 19,408 28,641 13,166 20,793

As you can see, January numbers are generally lower than corresponding December numbers, but there has been robust year-on-year growth and the January-to-December ratios have been about the same between the two years. (If you’re wondering why the January number is lower than the December number, this has to do with the nature of the academic year. Traffic to Groupprops is higher in the months that people are more likely to be studying and reviewing group theory in their college mathematics courses).

February forecast: February 2014 saw 57,925 views. Assuming the overall trend of a 20-35% year-on-year increase continues, the February pageview count will be in 69,000-80,000 pageview range. This is my 80% confidence interval. My 95% confidence interval is 55,000-90,000 pageviews.

Open borders

General background information: My site page about open borders

Open Borders: The Case had its third highest traffic month (the two highest traffic months were November and December 2014).

A number of my blog posts (most of them drafted in December) were published on the site in January. Each post took about two hours for primary drafting and then 1-2 hours of editing and improvement spread out over several weeks:

I also revamped some of the site pages, such as double world GDP and place premium.

Open Borders: The Case will publish its own monthly review. I’ll link to that from here once it is published.

Server downtime

The server where I host vipulnaik.com, the subject wikis, and Open Borders: The Case had intermittent troubles through the month. While I’m still not sure of the core causes of the troubles, it seems like one possible culprit was logging to large log files that was slowing the system down. I made a number of server configuration changes that should hopefully address the downtime. Estimated traffic loss due to the misconfigurations is about 1%.

Bureaucratic activities

  • I wrote three recommendation letters for students applying for scholarships and internships. These are students I taught in 2013 or earlier while at the University of Chicago.
  • I finished my US taxes for 2014 and intend to file them next Saturday. I have it ready for filing but want to give it a closer look before I do the final sending, because errors are hard to correct. A few unexpected issues that arose: it took me time to figure out how to handle 1099 contractor income (but I finally figured it out). Second, just as I thought my taxes were done, I got a W-2 from the University of Chicago for a payment they made to me in January 2014, that had been associated with work I had done in December 2013. I needed to incorporate that information into my tax return.
  • I started corresponding with the company lawyers regarding my H-1B petition.

Other websites and activity

Just for the record, here are pageview counts (total for the month of January) of my other websites:

  • My personal website (vipulnaik.com) where you’re probably reading this review: 2,432 views according to WordPress, 2,351 according to Google Analytics.
  • My Quora stats (total views of my questions and answers): About 16,400 views.
  • Cognito Mentoring, a website made collaboratively with Jonah Sinick (see here): 1,012 views according to WordPress, 951 according to Google Analytics.
  • Cognito Mentoring Info Wiki: 1,946 views according to Google Analytics.

Awesome stuff by people I know, that I might have influenced or might be able to influence

The people I know have been up to some exciting stuff this month:

  • Issa Rice, a former mentee of Cognito Mentoring (read his review here) has been making progress on the Cause Prioritization Wiki, that he aims to make the web’s go-to resource for effective altruists (and others) interested in understanding and comparing top causes to invest time and money in. I take credit for being the one to originally suggest cause prioritization as a promising domain for him to look into, and encouraging/nagging Issa to execute on his vision in the area. The wiki recorded 418 views in Google Analytics. However, this does not filter out Issa’s own views.
  • Katja Grace officially lanched the AI Impacts website earlier this month, and has been busy blogging there. I played no particular role in creating or funding the site, but Katja has been keeping me updated of progress on it, and I’ve offered the occasional suggestion. I did suggest to her that this was a more promising thing to focus on than other alternative activities (although she likely would have chosen to do it anyway). This recorded 1,673 views in January since Google Analytics tracking was launched on January 12.
  • Sebastian Nickel, one of my closest Facebook friends, officially launched a blog section of his website.

Personal: diet, sleep, exercise, and entertainment

For more on my daily routine, see here (password-protected, but feel free to let me know if you’re interested)

My sleep patterns were a bit disrupted. I tend to wake up based on sunlight, so the fact that the sun rises later in January meant that I’d tend to wake up later. This in turn led me to sleep later. It didn’t help that in the last week of December, I often stayed up late during the holidays as I was pondering some matters.

The late waking up meant that on about a third of the weekdays this month I didn’t have time for my morning jog. However, towards the end of the month I’d started getting the situation under control, and I hope to make my morning exercise a regular and reliable fixture of my existence once again.

Diet patterns were good — I cooked enough that I didn’t need to eat out except once on Saturday and the company lunches. Although I still went out on occasional dinners with other people, this was a matter of choice rather than of running out of cooked food at home. On the other hand, I did end up having more expensive hot chocolates in San Francisco than usual.

As had been the case in December, I didn’t buy or watch any new movies or read any new books. I did buy one new MP3 song. I also kept some old movies and music bought earlier running in the background when I worked on weekends and occasionally in the office.

December 2014 in review

This is the third of my month-in-review posts. My first post, for October 2014, is here. My second post, for November 2014, is here. I made significant style changes between the October and November posts, that I believe were improvements. I plan to do this post in a style similar to November’s.

Job

General background information: My site page about my job

Things were busy in the first few weeks of the month, but relatively relaxed in the last ten days of so, and I took a few days off after Christmas Day (December 25), making for an extended weekend. Working at a small startup with clients, some of whom get a lot of traffic, I try to generally be online and available in case of emergencies. Fortunately, things proceeded smoothly this past week, and I devoted quite a bit of time to personal projects.

Other personal developments

My application for the STEM extension to Optional Practical Training, that I filed back in October, was approved on December 16. I received my new EAD card on December 21. This extends my authorized status in the United States to June 2016. You can see more details here.

Now that my bank balance has crossed a basic threshold, I decided to switch some of my savings into other currencies. I bought some Bitcoins via Coinbase. Around March 2015, I intend to put some money into a stock market index fund.

Unlike some previous years, I chose not to make any charitable donations this year. The reasons are complicated, and something I intend to write a blog post about at the Effective Altruism Forum (you can see related posts by me in the Effective Altruists Facebook group here and here respectively, though my thinking has evolved quite a bit since then). I had not made any charitable donations in 2013 either. However, through November and December, I did put some of my money into an informal fund used to promote Open Borders: The Case content on Facebook. I intend to make some other minimal expenditures related to the site in 2015, and I do not intend to make any philanthropic donations this coming year. However, my plans and goals might change. I’ll keep my site’s page on effective altruism updated with a list of all my relevant posts, and will also update my donation history page if I make additional donations, as well as at the end of next year if I choose not to.

Wikipedia editing

General background information: My site page about my Wikipedia contributions

I didn’t create any new Wikipedia pages this month. There were a few pages I had been considering creating, but other items were higher on my priority list.

I did make a few edits. Charity evaluator GiveWell published their updated list of top charities on December 1. Within the next two weeks, I made updates to the Wikipedia pages about GiveWell, their partner Good Ventures, as well as their four recommended charities (Against Malaria Foundation, GiveDirectly, Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, and Deworm the World Initiative) and four standout charities (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders, Living Goods, and Development Media International).

I also noted in a Facebook post that I was the original creator of the Wikipedia pages for three of the four recommended charities (Against Malaria Foundation being the exception) and three of the four standout charities (Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition being the exception). The Facebook post prompted an insightful comment from Chris Hendrix:

That’s either a sign of GiveWell’s relative obscurity or your personal obsession with the subject. The latter seems like the more optimistic view to take so I’m going to go with it.

As for the pageviews: all the pages I have created since I started editing Wikipedia got a total of 147,917 pageviews on Wikipedia in the month of December. You can see the breakdown by pages here. If you want to see all months and all pages, use this link. You can see the corresponding data for all years at this link. The view count of 147,917 in December compares with a view count of 115,239 in November and 26,794 last December (for a December-only comparison across years, click here).

In terms of pageviews, here are some highlights:

  • My Wikipedia page on Giving Tuesday, that has been edited considerably since the version as I left it, did very well. Giving Tuesday was on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, and got a total of 20,016 views during the month. You can see the day-wise breakdown on stats.grok.se (you might want to see the JSON version since the smaller traffic in the last week of the month is not visible in the graph). The number of pageviews in the first five days was, respectively: 3058, 8048, 2207, 631, and 403. A pretty big spike and rapid decay after that. Giving Tuesday had also been getting more traffic at the end of November (here’s the breakdown by day). I had mentioned this in my November 2014 review.
  • Pages on charities that I had created got many more pageviews in December than they usually do. Some of these are included in the table below. This is part of a general trend of charities getting more views in December. You can see the data for charities for all months here. You can also do a December-only comparison for charities alone here (note that not all these pages were created by me). In addition to charities themselves, philanthropic foundations also got a lot more traffic in December, but this was mostly explained by greater attention to philanthropy in the month of December, rather than by year-on-year growth. To explore those, see here and here (note that not all these pages were created by me).

Subject wikis

General background information: My site page about the subject wikis

After a very long time, I got around to doing some edits on Groupprops, the Group Properties Wiki that I had started in December 2006 (eight years ago). I started the edits on the morning of Friday December 19 and continued through Sunday. It was a strangely relaxing experience, and reminded me of my time in graduate school, before the pressure to really work on my thesis started growing, when I would just spend long hours adding and editing and improving Groupprops. But I soon got back to other, more pressing tasks.

I had also been considering editing the other subject wikis (Market, Calculus, and a newly started wiki on machine learning) but ultimately decided these were lower on my priority list than other tasks.

As for pageviews:

  • Groupprops got 77,725 views in December. Compare with 99,940 views in November and 60,232 views last December. The year-on-year metric is most relevant, because Groupprops traffic is highly seasonal and follows the ups and downs of the academic year. The year-on-year growth rate is a little over 25%. Similar year-on-year growth was observed in October and November. This year-on-year growth appears to have been due to updates to Google’s search algorithm that happened around mid-2014, probably one of the Google Panda updates.
  • Market got 20,225 views in December, compared with 19,230 views last December and 24,592 views in November.
  • Calculus got 15,542 views in December, compared with 13,451 last December and 22,383 in November.

I’ll probably do a separate blog post on the Subject Wikis Blog reviewing annual traffic patterns, and will add a link to it from here when done.

Open borders

General background information: My site page about open borders

Open Borders: The Case had its second highest traffic month. The number of pageviews was reported as 35,318 by WordPress Jetpack Stats and as 34,374 by Google Analytics. This was thrice the corresponding number last December, and compares to about 38,000 in November. But November was an unusually high-traffic month, thanks to US President Barack Obama’s deferred action announcement.

A number of my blog posts were published on the site:

I also worked on a site redesign with John Lee on Sunday, December 21 (you can see my Open Borders Action Group post about the subject here). The redesign will hopefully be completed in January.

Between Saturday, December 20, and the end of the month, I worked on a large number of draft blog posts for Open Borders: The Case. This was my dominant activity. The posts will be completed and released over the coming months, but you can get an idea of the topics I was exploring by going through my posts in the Open Borders Action Group.

For more on what the site has been up to, see the Open Borders: The Case December 2014 in review.

Quora

General background information: My site page about Quora

I wrote only one substantive answer in December, and asked very few questions. My Quora stats indicate 19000 views of my content in the month.

Facebook

I’ve been quite active in the Open Borders Action Group (you can see my posts here) but have otherwise been quiet on Facebook.

November 2014 in review

This is my second monthly review post. Based on some reader feedback, I’ve decided to restructure the review somewhat compared to my review of October 2014.

Job

My data science/machine learning job at LiftIgniter has been taking up most of my time. The company will be launching a new website soon, and we’ve also got a very satisfied paying customer who will hopefully have a public testimonial about the company soon. More on this (hopefully) in next month’s update.

I also wrote a Quora answer somewhat related to my job in response to the question What is it like to work on machine learning problems in a business setting?

Although not directly related to my job, this answer of mine on how I’ve picked up some machine learning in the last few months despite lacking background in the subject may be relevant.

More on my job here.

Wikipedia editing

I created just one new Wikipedia page (Yeon-mi Park). Most pages I’ve created on Wikipedia haven’t been edited much, but this page has become the center of many edit wars, of which I was blissfully unaware until I looked at the page right now. The page as it stands now is significantly expanded from the version that I bequeathed.

Wikipedia pages I have created over my lifetime got a total of about 115,239 views in the month of November (you can see my pageview counts for all months here). My page on Giving Tuesday was the most popular, getting 9089 views. This page too has been edited significantly after I was done with it. Here’s the page as I left it.

Get more background on my interest in Wikipedia here.

Subject wikis

I’ve made almost zero edits to the subject wikis (with the exception of a few typo fixes). Traffic has been pretty good for them. Groupprops got a total of 99,940 pageviews. This was a 30-day month, so the dip relative to last month (104,663 pageviews) is explained partly by that, and also partly by the Thanksgiving break causing a slight dip in traffic. Year-on-year growth is 20%: the corresponding number of pageviews in November 2013 is 82,707.

Other subject wikis that got notable traffic: Market (24,953 views) and Calculus (22,383 views).

Traffic is likely to dip significantly in December due to the end-of-year holidays.

More on the subject wikis here.

Open borders

The Open Borders: The Case website had its best month. We’ve published a November 2014 in review post on the site. I urge you to read that if you’re interested.

A number of my blog posts got published in November, including some that had been in draft mode for a while. Here’s a list:

More on my involvement with open borders here.

Quora

My Quora content got about 18000 views in the month of November.

I didn’t add much new Quora content. Apart from the two job-related answers linked in the job section of this post, I wrote three more answers. You can access my answers here.

More on my involvement with Quora here.

Facebook

At my suggestion, Sebastian Nickel started the Facebook group for Libertarian Effective Altruists on November 17, 2014. By the end of the month, the group had about 100 members. I’ve been an active participant in the group.

October 2014 in review

This is the first of what I believe could become a monthly series of posts. Each post will review the past month in two different ways. First, I’ll review my own activities over the past month. Second, I’ll review the impact over the last month of stuff I have created cumulatively over my lifetime.

What I’ve been doing

The header links are to general pages on my site.

  1. Job: I’ve been busy with my full-time job as a data scientist and machine learning person at LiftIgniter. I hope to share more information publicly about my work in the next few months.
  2. Wikipedia: As you can see from my new page creation history, I didn’t create any pages on Wikipedia this month. I did, however, make a number of minor edits.
  3. Subject wikis: I haven’t added new content to any subject wikis.
  4. Open borders: I discontinued the weekly Open Borders Action Group roundups that I had been writing. The most recent one is from September 29, 2014. I also worked sporadically on some post drafts, but didn’t publish anything, and may not get around to publishing anything in the coming month either.
  5. Cognito Mentoring: It’s continued to be dormant, but I’ve been continuing to informally advise some of the former Cognito Mentoring mentees.
  6. Quora: I asked about 16 questions and wrote about 8 answers.
  7. Other social media: I created an OKCupid profile. I’ve continued to add more friends on Facebook and had many interesting discussions there.

Impact

All counts are within the month of October (2014).

  1. Job: Too early to evaluate and disclose.
  2. Wikipedia: Wikipedia pages created by me got a total of about 122,518 views in October 2014.
  3. Subject wikis: The top viewed subject wikis: Groupprops (104,663 views), Market (24,417 views), Calculus (24,757 views). The numbers are taken from Google Analytics and are available only to me.
  4. Open borders: The website got a total of 23,639 pageviews (excluding views by logged-in administrators). There will be a blog post for the site providing a more detailed update.
  5. Cognito Mentoring: info.cognitomentoring.org got 2,263 pageviews and the main site got 888 pageviews.
  6. Quora: My stats (accessible only to me) show that my questions and answers collectively got about 16,400 pageviews over the month.

Basic information