Keeping Dynamic Values Straight (and Updated)

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#1 16 August, 2016 - 10:49
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Keeping Dynamic Values Straight (and Updated)

Does anyone have experience or advice on how to memorize statistics that are continuously updated?

For example, I'd like to memorize the rate of core inflation for the US. The last print was 2.2% year over year. Using the major system, I can easily memorize this number. However, next month, we'll get new data, so I'll have to scratch my mnemonic for 2.2, and replace it with 2.3 or something. Ultimately, I would like to do this for several data points, each of which update with different regularity.

My initial thought was to build a memory palace with designated loci for each data point, but to keep it updated I would have to continuously wipe the palace clean and replace the object. This seems like it would get confusing.

I'm sort of thinking as I'm writing this, but would it make sense maybe to build a palace for each datapoint, and just add the updated figures in progressive loci?

I understand the solution will vary person to person, but if anyone has experience with this, I would greatly appreciate any commentary/advice.

Thanks in advance.

Jordan Kling

16 August, 2016 - 13:37
Joined: 2 years 8 months ago

If it's going to change often I would add another location for each month. If it's only updated monthly, then you still only need 12 new locations per year, which isn't a lot.

If you always memorize the data points in order within a single location, you could keep track of them.

Example for one month:
datapoint 1's image: car
datapoint 2's image: elephant
datapoint 3's image: water
datapoint 3's image: fork

Compound image for the first month's location: car drives into elephant, pushing it into a pool of water where it sinks to the bottom and gets poked with a fork.

If that explanation doesn't make sense, post a specific example of one month's data, and I'll explain the idea in more detail. :)

17 August, 2016 - 06:44
Joined: 1 year 3 months ago

Thanks for the reply. I think adding new locations each month is the best approach. I don't have much experience with the journey method (or much experience with any of the methods, to be honest), but given the perpetual nature of these data sets, I might try that method so I can allow for the string to continually expand.

I'll try some real examples the next few months and update this post.

Thanks again,

14 September, 2016 - 16:36
Joined: 1 year 3 months ago

I think this would mix great with Gavino's massive memory palace system!

In short, if you memorized 10 different stats in a single palace,
then change it so that your main palace links to 10 sub palaces.
Then, in each of these palaces, memorize 2 things on each loci :
- The date
- The value

This way, you'll still have 1 palace, holding all the stats.
And, you won't have to erase anything ^^

Plus, if you care about past values, fine, review them once in a while to keep the memory alive.
And if you don't care about it, skip the start of the palace and only jump right to the "now" location! ^^

Yeah... getting 10 palaces (example) to use as sub-palaces might be trouble some...
but an option you have is to only take, for instance, a house, and each of its room will keep the values of one stat.
For instance, the Inflation is in the living room. Then you walk through the living room clock wise and get ± 10 locis.
(So it doesn't feel like a waste of palace so much anymore ^^)

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