Structure+Strangeness
By Aaron Clauset
Associate Professor of Computer Science,
Core Faculty in the BioFrontiers Institute,
University of Colorado Boulder and,
External Faculty at the Santa Fe Institute
2018 Year in Review
28 December 2018
This is it for the year. Here’s a look back at my 2018, by the numbers [1]:
 Papers published or accepted: 3 (journals or equivalent)
 Number that were “gold” open access: 3
 Number coauthored with students: 2
 Preprints posted on the arxiv or biorxiv: 6
 Book chapters published or accepted: 2
 Other publications: 1
 Patents: 1 (still pending)
 Papers currently under review: 5
 Manuscripts near completion: 4
 Rejections: 6 (13% over 2017)
 Number of papers making up those rejections: 5
 New citations to past papers: 2829 (+0% over 2017)
 Oldest project I still intend to finish: one started in 2009 (same as last year)
 Oldest project completed this year: from 2014 (progress!)
 Papers read: >180 (about 3.5 per week, not including editorial work)
 Number of open browser tabs with papers to read, right now: 16

Number of new programming languages learned: 1 (Python, kinda, finally)
 Positive tenure decisions: 1 (hurray!)
 Tenureinreview write ups: 1 [1]
 Sabbaticals: 1 (my first, a full year)
 Jokes used so far in my outofoffice email autoresponse: 5

Favorite among those jokes: What do you call a fish with no eyes? … A fsh!
 Research talks given: 8
 Invited talks: 8
 Visitors hosted: 1
 Conferences, workshops organized: 1
 Conferences, workshops, summer schools attended: 7
 Number of those at which I delivered a research talk: 7
 Number of times other people have written about my research: >34 (mostly about the likelihood of large wars)
 Coolest external mention of my research: this thoughtful piece

Number of interviews given about my research: 16
 Postdocs advised: 1
 Students advised: 10 (5 PhD, 4 BS; 1 rotation student)
 Students graduated: 3 (2 PhD, 1 BS)
 Thesis/dissertation committees: 5
 Number of recommendation letters written: 8
 Summer school faculty positions: 2
 University courses taught: 1 (undergrad)
 Students enrolled in said courses: 243 (undergrads)
 Number of problems assigned: 176
 Number of new pages of lecture notes written: <20
 Pages of student work graded: >25,227 (roughly 104 per student, with 0.025 graders per student)
 Number of classrelated emails received: >1375 (34% over 2017)
 New courses designed: 2 (both still in development)

New degrees designed: 1 (a minor in computational biology)
 Journals for which I was an editor: 1 (a Deputy Editor, at Science Advances)
 Manuscripts handled as Deputy Editor: 685 (+177% over 2017)
 Associate Editors managed: 10
 Desk rejection rate: 70% (most were better suited for field journals)
 Editorial group acceptance rate: 13% (a high bar)
 Fields covered: Computer Science, Network Science, Statistics, Machine Learning, Archaeology, Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Social Environmental Science, STEM Education, and a dash of Computational Biology
 Manuscripts refereed for various journals and journalequivalent conferences: 3 (81% over 2017)
 Number of those mainly refereed by my students and postdocs: 0
 Manuscripts or abstracts lightly refereed for workshops and nonCS conferences: 36 (53% over 2017)
 Conference program committees: 5
 Fields covered in my reviewing: Network Science, Machine Learning, Political Science, Computational Social Science
 Words written per referee report: 3127 (+96% over 2017)
 Referee requests declined: 63 (3% over 2017)
 Journal I declined the most: Physica A (7 declines, 0 accepts; the winner by a nose, over Scientific Reports)
 Program committee invitations declined: 8
 Number of referee reports I owe anyone, right now: 0
 Number of NSF panels I sat on: 0
 Number of NSF panels I declined: 5

Grant proposals I reviewed: 0
 Grant proposals submitted (as PI or coPI): 6 (totaling $9,201,162)
 Number on which I was PI: 5
 Proposals rejected: 2
 New grants funded: 2
 Proposals pending: 2

New proposals in the works: 0
 Emails sent: >6882 (30% over 2017; about 19 / day)
 Emails received (nonspam): >21,338 (3% over 2017; about 59 / day)
 Fraction about workrelated topics: 0.93 (0.02 over 2017)
 Fraction that was spam from my university: 0.04 (+0.00 over 2017)
 Fraction about research funding: 0.05 (+0.00 over 2017)
 Emails received about powerlaw distributions: >161 (about 3 / week, mostly because of this paper)
 Number of emails in my inbox, right now: 15 (40% over 2017)
 Oldestdated email in my inbox, right now: July 2011 (I am ashamed)
 Slacks: 4

Evidence that Slack has reduced my email: unclear
 Unique visitors to my homepage: 18,500 (18% over 2017)
 Hits overall: 57,900 (17% over 2017)
 Fraction looking for powerlaw distributions: 0.33 (0.02 over 2017)
 Fraction looking for my course materials: 0.15 (0.06 over 2017)
 Unique visitors to my (defunct) blog: 2,971 (30% over 2017)
 Hits overall: 4,500 (37% over 2017)
 Most popular blog post among those visitors: Science Advances LaTeX template (from 2014)
 Blog posts written on the new blog: 1 (+0% over 2017)
 Unique visitors to the Index of Complex Networks (ICON): 7,750 (+29% over 2017)
 Hits overall: 25,600 (+144% over 2017)
 Data index by ICON: 652 datasets (+8%), 5315 networks (+20%)
 Number of twitter accounts: 1
 New followers on Twitter: >1671 (+87% over 2017)
 New tweets: 54 (5% over 2017)
 Retweets of or replies to others: 331
 Retweets of my tweets: 1621 (+10% over 2017)
 Average number of retweets per original tweet: 30.0 (+19% over 2017)

Most popular tweet: one about scalefree networks being rare
 Number of computers purchased: 0
 Number of cars purchased: 0
 Number of houses sold: 1 (finally)
 Netflix: too many to count
 Memorable movie: The Shape of Water
 Memorable TV shows: Altered Carbon and Godless
 Books purchased: 5 (+400% over 2017)
 Books read: 5 (+50% over 2017)
 Songs added to music library: 43 (79% over 2017)
 Photos added to photo library: 2044 (18% over 2017)
 Jigsaw puzzle pieces assembled: 5113
 Memorable puzzle: nervous system maze infinity

Major life / career changes / decisions: 0
 Halfmarathons completed: 30
 Marathons completed: 1 (my first, the Colfax Marathon)
 Triathlons completed: 1 (my first, a sprint)
 Bones broken: 1 (my elbow; slipped on ice)
 Pairs of running shoes: 4
 Photos taken on morning runs: 190
 Morning runs: 148 (about 2.8/week)
 Total running distance: 1207 miles
 Total swimming distance: 17,100 yards
 Total cycling distance: 45 miles
 Steps this year: >3,445,600 (about 9440/day, and +63% over 2017)

Total step distance: 1898 miles (a bursty average of 5.2/day)
 Fun trips with friends / family: 9
 Days I walked my daughter to school: 75
 Trips to Las Vegas, NV: 1
 Trips to New York, NY: 0
 Trips to Santa Fe, NM: 7
 States in the US visited: 9 (CA, UT, MA, WI, NV, AZ, IL, NC, NM)
 States in the US visited, ever: 49 (missing AK)
 Foreign countries visited: 2 (Norway, France)
 Foreign countries visited, ever: 31 (+0% over 2017)
 Other continents visited: 1
 Other continents visited, ever: 5
 Airplane flights: 29 (+21% over 2017)
Here’s to a great year, and hoping that 2019 is even better.
[1] Since this year is special, I’ve also put together a yearinreviewstyle retrospective on my pretenure years (20102018).