Data Science

Alternatives to the Randomized Controlled Trial

January 23, 2019

ProofPilot’s goal is to “democratize” techniques that determine “what works to improve lives.” Here are alternatives to the randomized controlled trial that are better suited to your research question, a better place to start and easier to pull off. In health and wellness, when we think “proof,” we think randomized controlled trial (RCT). The RCT…

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Calculated Data Elements in ProofPilot

January 2, 2019

If you know anything about ProofPilot, you know we’re about more than data. ProofPilot study tasks might be rewards, informational givebacks, or even interventions. But, data collection remains an integral part of ProofPilot. Previously collected data trigger later tasks. That previously collected data could be participant self-report. It could be pooled from external data sources…

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How Timing Can Affect Your New Years Resolutions (and Other Health Outcomes)

January 1, 2018

As the calendar turns to a new year, as is tradition, I’m of course thinking about resolutions. As in years past, I’m using ProofPilot to track my progress. Which resolutions stick? Did I stick with the new weight training program? Which behaviors have their desired outcome? Did it increase the size of my biceps? At…

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Healing America’s Political Divide with Randomized Controlled Trials

October 20, 2016

If the United States itself is the Great Experiment, then the solutions to our society’s problems lie not in unpleasant political discourse — but in hundreds, or thousands of controlled experiments. Like a lot of people, I find myself stunned by the anger and unpleasantness in this election cycle. It’s more combative, emotional and dramatic than a…

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