Less Wrong is a community blog devoted to refining the art of human rationality. Please visit our About page for more information.

Dorikka comments on How to Beat Procrastination - Less Wrong

156 Post author: lukeprog 05 February 2011 06:49PM

You are viewing a comment permalink. View the original post to see all comments and the full post content.

Comments (149)

You are viewing a single comment's thread. Show more comments above.

Comment author: Dorikka 06 February 2011 12:04:28AM *  2 points [-]

I'm not sure whether I agree with you or not. The four terms in the equation don't have nearly as much predictive power as one might hope to obtain from an equation: specifically, we don't really know what units any of the four quantities are measured in.

On the other hand, having an equation does give us marginally more data than your preferred presentation does. At least we know that the relationship looks more like (E)(V)/((I)(D)) as opposed to, say, (E+V)/(I+D), or some such. I do feel that having an equation present (with the appropriate mathematical disclaimers) helps me gain an intuitive understanding of the concept presented.

Edit: Fixed order of operations.

Comment author: lukeprog 06 February 2011 05:26:34AM *  1 point [-]

Dorikka,

See here.

Comment author: Dorikka 06 February 2011 06:12:48AM 1 point [-]

I now understand. Thanks.