This is ONE OF 2 responses to volume 3, John Card Number 26 ("Another Election")...
Areas that I would be interested in would be:
and a very personal interest:
- Income tax return calculations
It so happens that my daughter, who is only 4 and a half years old, was diagnosed (when she was only 18 months old) as an insulin dependant diabetic. This means that since then and for the rest of her life, or until a safe transplant is developed, she gets daily insulin shots, and has to control her diet and exercise.
It is an "art" learned by trial and error to joggle FOOD, EXERCISE and INSULIN DOSE so as to attempt to do "mechanically" what the brain and pancreas do automatically...
The PROBLEM is that these variables depend on each other. There's NO CONSTANT to correlate the variables to!
The tasks would be, as I see it,
It has never been done, but then... I'm not interested in an accurate intrument to account for ALL situations, only something that will help me make a more educated guess when it comes to meals and insulin dosage.
- To FIND fairly precise correlations among these variables, measured in blood sugar levels, given a period of time (24 hrs., for ex.)
- To PREDICT a curve of blood sugar levels within a given period of time (24 hrs., for ex.) given a calory intake, given an insulin dose and given (sorta...) a level of exercise, lets say, a normal day at preschool...