On Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 10:15 AM, Gwern Branwen <gwern0(a)gmail.com> wrote:
On Fri, Jun 1, 2012 at 6:19 AM, Carcharoth
This assumes that page views correspond to people
reading the pages. I
suspect that a lot of people viewing a page just scan briefly for what
they are looking for (I typically use Ctl+F to find something if I am
in a hurry), or realise they are in the wrong place and click away or
click onwards through another link. There is no way of measuring the
number of people that stop and carefully read a page as if they were
sitting down to do some bedtime or leisure reading, as opposed to just
looking up some factoid.
I'm sure the numbers are false, but numbers are always false. You make
points which are equally true of any article's statistics on
stats.grok.se (including the most popular ones), and this
overestimation is counterbalanced by the many forms of
*under*estimation going into the stats.grok.se numbers, like not
counting page views on any mirrors at all. Unless you have a reason to
think that the net error, inclusive of all these sources, leads to
overestimation, pointing out the possible error is a bit sophomoric.
In which a discussion is repeatedly reframed as a confrontation, for no
apparent reason and to no apparent benefit.