More Quantitative Zettel Analysis: Zettel with the least and the most words
More Quantitative Analysis
This is what I call fun. This is what knowledge geeks do. Experiment, experiment, experiment.
In my previous post, Quantitative Link Analysis, I worked with my zettelkasten and trying to flesh out my weakness and strengths using each notes number of links as a proxy for how deeply integrated it was. But looking solely at quantitative data (the number of links/per zettel) hides the qualitative aspects of the zettelkasten. But I've found that starting from quantitative data, as an example - my one zettel with 39 links, and exploring that particular zettel revealed gaps in the structure I was trying to create. In this case, I was able to go from the general quantitative data to the specific zettel and make a subjective qualitative assessment of it. This feels like a big win, I would have had no idea this particular zettel played such an outsized role in my zettelkasten and that it was in want of refactoring.
In the same vein, I am looking for other proxies for quality that I can easily look for in my zettelkasten. I came up with 'size' as being a proxy for quality. This doesn't work quite so well. Small zettel can be pithy and atomic or sometimes being a few seemingly random sentence fragments even this future self can't remember what they were about. And a long zettel can carry a fully formed structure of high value or be a long quote lazily captured.
This command-line shell script will output your 20 smallest and the 20 largest zettel. Open a terminal and
cd to your zettelkasten, then run this command. All it does is count the words in each zettel then prints a pretty output. The key to getting any value out of this exercise is to go and visit the zettel and see if its smallness reflects its high quality or maybe it wants refactoring.
wc -w *.md | sort > temp.out | echo Least Number of Words && echo ----- && head -20 temp.out && echo Most Number of Words && echo ----- && tail -22 temp.out | head -21 && echo Total Number of Words && echo ----- && tail -1 temp.out
Least Number of Words
21 201911120646 Senjru.md 22 202008231658 Template Note Example.md 24 201811151030 Don't Shoot the Dog.md 24 201904131439 Euphonious dichotomy.md 24 201911120639 Yoku dekimashita.md 24 202003040654 Clustering Illusion.md 25 201903120533 Apologia Pro Vita Sua.md 25 201903260851 Color Picker.md 25 201910242011 Properties of Engineering.md 25 202003040651 Belief Bias.md 25 202003040656 Confirmation Bias.md 25 202003040712 Risk Compensation.md 26 202002071120 All Around.md 26 202003040643 Anchoring Effect.md 26 202003040707 Post-purchase Rationalization.md 27 201811151028 Avoid Passivety.md 27 201812141430 • Book - Better.md 27 201909101416 Cellulose.md 27 202003040653 Blind Spot Bias.md 27 202003040701 Gambler's Fallacy.md
Most Number of Words
763 201903141910 Ted Biringer's review.md 788 201903060456 Ω Practice giving and receiving on the breath.md 788 201903060456 Practice giving and receiving on the breath.md 819 201903010555 Ω Treat experiences as dreams.md 819 201903010555 Treat experiences as dreams.md 848 201803000000 Formatting Guide.md 848 202003291526 • Writing Phrases.md 871 201902280602 Ω Begin with the beginning.md 884 202005030511 DL May 3, 2020 .md 941 201910281639 • Rationality: From AI to Zombies.md 944 201910281639 L1 Rationality: From AI to Zombies.md 987 202004231000 Sick or not-sick has nothing to do with it.md 991 202008110606 Real Orphans.md 1033 202008061944 • Environmental And Nature Writing.md 1209 201802000000 Welcome to The Archive.md 1341 202009150939 What Permanent Notes Mean.md 2054 202003210746 Frog Haiku.md 2404 202005051541 The Geography of Wonder.md 2570 202004300606 Total Orphans.md 3234 202003020839 High Trail Notes.md 4408 202008211723 Zenrin Kushu.md
Total Number of Words
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