Experience Sampling Experience

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Ever write a program to track something? Mood? Coding? Weight? Ever use a commercial app to track these things on your phone? Ever want more freedom and control over the experiment and data?

Bob Evans did. He wrote a tool to let him create trackers for his Android phone on the fly called PACO. It also lets him then pull all the data into one place and visualize relationships and trends. It started as part of his work at Google, then he realized other people might like to use it and got it opensourced. Now it is being used by Quantified Self folks, medical schools, public health departments, psychology departments and business for everything from experience sampling to interventions for drug addiction intevention.

Come see Paco in action. You can be up and running with your first experiment in a matter of minutes. We’ll share tips and tricks for creating more useful experiments as well as the development roadmap for where Paco is headed.

Bob Evans


Bob Evans’ goal is to build computational tools that augment human
intelligence. Primarily, he has focused on building tools for other engineers
over the last 18 years; tools for intelligently managing computer
network systems, aiding software construction, and analyzing
correctness of programs as they evolve.

His current focus is on creating tools for everyone to foster better living through
personal science and behavioral and social science research. At Google,
he has created PACO, the personal analytics companion tool, now opensource,
that enables individuals and researchers to easily and rapidly create, deploy
and iterate on mobile phone experiments without programming.

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Bob Evans
07/18/2012 10:00am PDT

I created three sample experiments you can try, or copy, feel free to create your own too.

Share if you create one you like!



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