I wanted to follow up and second on Magnus' December
more usable way to access page view stats. Mining these stats is
attracting an increasing amount of attention from researchers (
even as the current approaches for extracting them from stats.grok.se or
the dumps are slow and inhumane (respectively).
I'm also interested in looking at bursts of pageview activity on articles
and then examining the extent to which this pageview activity diffuses over
the local wiki-link network. I suspect this has strong implications for
understanding patterns of editing activity; namely, editing activity may be
non-trivially coupled with sudden attention to articles that are a few
degrees of separation away. I'd be happy to chat with folks inside or
outside of WMF about getting access to the relevant view stats and
beginning such an analysis.