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Is Los Angeles Calmer than London?

Here at Muse HQ, we love data.

Muse is shipping and the movement is gaining momentum, so we’re starting to explore the data rolling in. A lot of Musers have joined our Research Program and generously contributed their training data to an anonymous and confidential database. Javier Moreno, our resident numbers guru, was eager to get his hands on the numbers.

One of the first things we did was organize the data to see which cities have the calmest Musers. First, we took all of the anonymous sessions logged in the Research Program. Then we grouped sessions by city, and sorted them by the median percentage of time spent in a calm state of mind for all sessions.

When we took a closer look into the data, we found some funky aberrations. Some of the smaller cities were logging extremely high Calm scores – some as high as 90%! Weird. We had to dig a little deeper to find out what was going on.

They were so committed to the focused attention regime that they were logging literally hundreds of sessions on their own

As it turns out, it was due to a few individual marathon Musers in remote locations. They were so committed to the focused attention regime that they were logging literally hundreds of sessions on their own, thereby throwing off our data.

(Wow. We’re totally impressed by their dedication to achieving a Zen state.)

Having figured that out, we set a threshold to only show cities with a minimum number of Musers. This helped us focus on bigger cities and eliminated the smaller towns with boosted stats due to a few committed Musers.

Again, we sorted the resulting list of cities by percentage time spent in a calm state of mind. With the resulting data, we created the graph above which shows that Musers in Los Angeles, London, Toronto, San Francisco and New York are already making the most out of their Muse!

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