This individual's Overall Mood is generally highest after an average of 0 serving of Cashews consumption over the previous 7 days.
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Blue represents the mean of Cashews consumption over the previous 7 days
An increase in 7 days cumulative Cashews consumption is usually followed by an decrease in Overall Mood. (R = -0.12)
Typical values for Overall Mood following a given amount of Cashews consumption over the previous 7 days.
Typical Cashews consumption seen over the previous 7 days preceding the given Overall Mood value.
Correlation between outcome and aggregated predictor measurements over given number of days
Peak correlation suggests the delay between predictor and observable outcome
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Each column represents the number of days this value occurred.
This chart shows the typical value recorded for Cashews on each day of the week.
This chart shows the typical value recorded for Cashews for each month of the year.
This chart shows how Overall Mood changes over time.
Each column represents the number of days this value occurred.
This chart shows the typical value recorded for Overall Mood on each day of the week.
This chart shows the typical value recorded for Overall Mood for each month of the year.

Abstract

This individual's Overall Mood is generally 0% higher than normal after an average of 0 serving Cashews consumption over the previous 7 days. This individual's data suggests with a medium degree of confidence (p=0.066082102288277, 95% CI -0.247 to 0.007) that Cashews (serving) has a weakly negative predictive relationship (R=-0.12) with Overall Mood. The highest quartile of Overall Mood measurements were observed following an average 0.05 serving Cashews (serving). The lowest quartile of Overall Mood measurements were observed following an average 0.064686588921283 serving Cashews (serving). Overall Mood is generally 5% lower than normal after an average of 0.064686588921283 serving of Cashews consumption over the previous 7 days. Overall Mood is generally 0% higher after an average of 0.05 serving of Cashews consumption over the previous 7 days.

Objective

The objective of this study is to determine the nature of the relationship (if any) between Cashews and Overall Mood. Additionally, we attempt to determine the Cashews (serving) values most likely to produce optimal Overall Mood values.

Participant Instructions

Record your Cashews daily in the reminder inbox or using the interactive web or mobile notifications.
Record your Overall Mood daily in the reminder inbox or using the interactive web or mobile notifications.

Design

This study is based on data donated by one participant. Thus, the study design is consistent with an n=1 observational natural experiment.

Data Analysis

Cashews Pre-Processing
Cashews measurement values below 0 serving were assumed erroneous and removed. Cashews measurement values above 30 serving were assumed erroneous and removed. It was assumed that any gaps in Cashews data were unrecorded 0 serving measurement values.
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Overall Mood Pre-Processing
Overall Mood measurement values below 1 out of 5 were assumed erroneous and removed. Overall Mood measurement values above 5 out of 5 were assumed erroneous and removed. No missing data filling value was defined for Overall Mood so any gaps in data were just not analyzed instead of assuming zero values for those times.
Overall Mood Analysis Settings

Predictive Analytics
It was assumed that 0 hours would pass before a change in Cashews (serving) would produce an observable change in Overall Mood. It was assumed that Cashews (serving) could produce an observable change in Overall Mood for as much as 7 days after the stimulus event.
Predictive Analysis Settings

Data Quantity
236 raw Cashews (serving) measurements with 8 changes spanning 347 days from 2017-06-13 to 2018-05-26 were used in this analysis. 14019 raw Overall Mood measurements with 1249 changes spanning 2620 days from 2012-05-06 to 2019-07-09 were used in this analysis.

Data Sources

Cashews (serving) data was primarily collected using QuantiModo. QuantiModo allows you to easily track mood, symptoms, or any outcome you want to optimize in a fraction of a second. You can also import your data from over 30 other apps and devices. QuantiModo then analyzes your data to identify which hidden factors are most likely to be influencing your mood or symptoms.

Overall Mood data was primarily collected using QuantiModo. QuantiModo allows you to easily track mood, symptoms, or any outcome you want to optimize in a fraction of a second. You can also import your data from over 30 other apps and devices. QuantiModo then analyzes your data to identify which hidden factors are most likely to be influencing your mood or symptoms.

Limitations

As with any human experiment, it was impossible to control for all potentially confounding variables. Correlation does not necessarily imply causation. We can never know for sure if one factor is definitely the cause of an outcome. However, lack of correlation definitely implies the lack of a causal relationship. Hence, we can with great confidence rule out non-existent relationships. For instance, if we discover no relationship between mood and an antidepressant this information is just as or even more valuable than the discovery that there is a relationship.
We can also take advantage of several characteristics of time series data from many subjects to infer the likelihood of a causal relationship if we do find a correlational relationship. The criteria for causation are a group of minimal conditions necessary to provide adequate evidence of a causal relationship between an incidence and a possible consequence.

The list of the criteria is as follows:
Strength (A.K.A. Effect Size)
A small association does not mean that there is not a causal effect, though the larger the association, the more likely that it is causal. There is a weakly negative relationship between Cashews consumption and Overall Mood

Consistency (A.K.A. Reproducibility)
Consistent findings observed by different persons in different places with different samples strengthens the likelihood of an effect. Furthermore, in accordance with the law of large numbers (LLN), the predictive power and accuracy of these results will continually grow over time. 390 paired data points were used in this analysis. Assuming that the relationship is merely coincidental, as the participant independently modifies their Cashews consumption values, the observed strength of the relationship will decline until it is below the threshold of significance. To it another way, in the case that we do find a spurious correlation, suggesting that banana intake improves mood for instance, one will likely increase their banana intake. Due to the fact that this correlation is spurious, it is unlikely that you will see a continued and persistent corresponding increase in mood. So over time, the spurious correlation will naturally dissipate.

Specificity
Causation is likely if a very specific population at a specific site and disease with no other likely explanation. The more specific an association between a factor and an effect is, the bigger the probability of a causal relationship.

Temporality
The effect has to occur after the cause (and if there is an expected delay between the cause and expected effect, then the effect must occur after that delay). The confidence in a causal relationship is bolstered by the fact that time-precedence was taken into account in all calculations.

Biological Gradient
Greater exposure should generally lead to greater incidence of the effect. However, in some cases, the mere presence of the factor can trigger the effect. In other cases, an inverse proportion is observed: greater exposure leads to lower incidence.

Plausibility
A plausible bio-chemical mechanism between cause and effect is critical. This is where human brains excel. Based on our responses so far, 1 humans feel that there is a plausible mechanism of action and 0 feel that any relationship observed between Cashews consumption and Overall Mood is coincidental.

Coherence
Coherence between epidemiological and laboratory findings increases the likelihood of an effect. It will be very enlightening to aggregate this data with the data from other participants with similar genetic, diseasomic, environmentomic, and demographic profiles.

Experiment
All of human life can be considered a natural experiment. Occasionally, it is possible to appeal to experimental evidence.

Analogy
The effect of similar factors may be considered.

Relationship Statistics

Property Value
Cause Variable Name Cashews consumption
Effect Variable Name Overall Mood
Sinn Predictive Coefficient 0.0311
Confidence Level medium
Confidence Interval 0.12702364257518
Forward Pearson Predictive Coefficient -0.12
Critical T Value 1.646
Average Cashews consumption Over Previous 7 days Before ABOVE Average Overall Mood 0.05 serving
Average Cashews consumption Over Previous 7 days Before BELOW Average Overall Mood 0.065 serving
Duration of Action 7 days
Effect Size weakly negative
Number of Paired Measurements 390
Optimal Pearson Product 0.011884682747274
P Value 0.066082102288277
Statistical Significance 0.2591
Strength of Relationship 0.12702364257518
Study Type individual
Analysis Performed At 2019-07-05

Cashews Statistics

Property Value
Variable Name Cashews (serving)
Aggregation Method MEAN
Analysis Performed At 2019-04-22
Duration of Action 7 days
Kurtosis 708.00211342123
Maximum Allowed Value 30 serving
Mean 0.0070398 serving
Median 0 serving
Minimum Allowed Value 0 serving
Number of Changes 8
Number of Correlations 57
Number of Measurements 236
Onset Delay 0 seconds
Standard Deviation 0.18751451071124
Unit Serving
UPC 029000016156
Variable ID 5969108
Variance 0.035161691727274

Overall Mood Statistics

Property Value
Variable Name Overall Mood
Aggregation Method MEAN
Analysis Performed At 2019-07-09
Duration of Action 24 hours
Kurtosis 6.8457368686411
Maximum Allowed Value 5 out of 5
Mean 2.9083 out of 5
Median 3 out of 5
Minimum Allowed Value 1 out of 5
Number of Changes 1249
Number of Correlations 3620
Number of Measurements 14019
Onset Delay 0 seconds
Standard Deviation 0.52278567060155
Unit 1 to 5 Rating
UPC 767674073845
Variable ID 1398
Variance 0.27330485738631

Tracking Cashews

Record your Cashews daily in the reminder inbox or using the interactive web or mobile notifications.

Tracking Overall Mood

Record your Overall Mood daily in the reminder inbox or using the interactive web or mobile notifications.
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https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-BHr4hyUWqZU/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAIG28/2Lv0en738II/photo.jpg Principal Investigator - Mike Sinn