[Foundation-l] Questions about most viewed articles in 2011
schutz at mathgen.ch
Wed Jan 11 20:05:38 UTC 2012
a Swiss journalist asked me about the articles (from EN WP) most viewed
and most edited in 2011. I am not sure if these lists are already
available somewhere (if yes, let me know; if not, I'd be glad to make
them available), but I since I already had a local copy of all the page
view statistics, I "simply" read all the files ("simply", but it still
took over hundred hour of processing time). Getting the number of edits
(by parsing the latest database dump) was faster (still 20-30 hours).
The top pages in both cases are shown below; there are two puzzling
entries that were already present in previous stats (see e.g.
http://stats.grok.se/en/), and I was wondering if the fact that they are
among the most viewed page on Wikipedia had already been discussed (I
haven't found anything).
So, why would "404 error" and "File:Hardy_boys_cover_09.jpg" be ranked
so high ? "404 error" is constant through the year (it may be a link
from a 404 page on a web server, but I'd be still surprised that it is
clicked so often), but the other is viewed in bursts (see e.g.
http://stats.grok.se/en/201012/File:Hardy_boys_cover_09.jpg). Any idea ?
"Search" is also somewhat surprising.
Top viewed pages (only the article namespace, excluding the main page)
Top edited pages:
16283 Deaths in 2011
9437 2011 Libyan civil war
6926 2011 Egyptian revolution
5822 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami
5749 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster
5491 Arab Spring
5236 Occupy Wall Street
4664 American Idol (season 10)
4627 Death of Osama bin Laden
4535 List of 1000 Ways to Die episodes
4371 The Undertaker
4187 2011 Atlantic hurricane season
4004 Miss Universe 2011
3993 2011 England riots
3874 Anders Behring Breivik
3829 Muammar Gaddafi
3656 Dancing with the Stars (U.S. season 13)
3582 2011 in film
3568 Dancing with the Stars (U.S. season 12)
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