Top 10 Podcast Episodes of The Tim Ferriss Show

My top-10 most popular episodes of The Tim Ferriss Show, as of September 1, 2017, are below.

But achtung! I didn’t rank episodes in descending order of total downloads. Due to rapid growth, there would be a misleading recency bias — in other words, a newer decent episode could be “more popular” than an older blockbuster episode that was 3x the average at the time. To correct for this, we used a better methodology, and I owe special thanks to my brother for the help.*

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1. Jamie Foxx on Workout Routines, Success Habits, and Untold Hollywood Stories (#124)

2. The Scariest Navy SEAL I’ve Ever Met . . . and What He Taught Me (#107)

3. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Psychological Warfare (and Much More) (#60)

4. Dom D’Agostino on Fasting, Ketosis, and the End of Cancer (#117)

5. Tony Robbins on Morning Routines, Peak Performance, and Mastering Money (#37)

6. How to Design a Life — Debbie Millman (#214)

7. Tony Robbins — On Achievement Versus Fulfillment (#178)

8. Kevin Rose (#1) [If you want to hear how bad a first episode can be, this delivers. Drunkenness didn’t help matters.]

9. Charles Poliquin on Strength Training, Shredding Body Fat, and Increasing Testosterone and Sex Drive (#91)

10. Mr. Money Mustache — Living Beautifully on $25–27K Per Year (#221)

*Explanation from my statistician brother: “I first modeled the growth of the podcast over time. I used a linear regression model after a logarithmic transformation. (A logarithmic transform, which implies that the downloads have been growing exponentially, was the near optimal box-cox transformation.) I calculated the standard error at each point using the 95 percent prediction bands. For each podcast episode, I then calculated the residual (the difference between the observed downloads and the regression line) and then standardized this difference by the standard error. I then ranked episodes according to this metric, by how many standard deviations they exceeded the mean trend line.”

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