some of you know that I look from time to time into the statistics for African language wikipedias. Today I made a comparison which makes me doubt the usefulness of our beautiful wikimedia statistics, at least for small wikipedias.
I found large differences for the same months in different tables they publish. Maybe it has to do with different data for different tables, but then it is too well hidden for an average reader to notice (and thus not helpful).
I wondered about large differences between May and November 2017 when looking at
EN_Africa/Sitemap.htmWednesday May 31, 2017 ( TABLE 1)
EN/Sitemap.htmThursday November 30, 2017 (TABLE 2)
I compared to 3. https://stats.wikimedia.org/RESULT: for views by hour (default in tables 1+2); in table 3 I divide the given monthly rounded figure by 30, then by 24
EN/(TABLE 3) TablesPageViewsMonthlyCombined .htm
Nov 2017 Table1
Nov 2017 Table 3
May 2017 Table 2
May 2017 Table 3
arz (Egyptian Arabic)
This looks to me highly contradictory and at least for smaller wikipedias the figures are thus useless.
Which is a pity! I try to ask the statistics team.
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