October 14, 2007

Don't trust your statistics!

Matt Wardman has published an interesting article, for anyone who runs a blog, about statistics here, depending on the statistics program he used he saw a varience of about 100% in how many unique views it recorded. This is probably only of interest to bloggers but it reinforces a suspicion I've always had about statistics and what they record- I definitely noticed a change when I switched from blogpatrol (because it always went down) to sitemeter. I don't think that change was to do with the numbers changing but with the recording mechanism.

5 comments:

Matt Wardman said...

Thanks for the link.

Winchester whisperer said...

Lies, damned lies and statistics

mutleythedog said...

Very interesting link. The inaccuracy of these monitors and meters is important to understand. But if you compare like with like - then you do get trends at least..

Sir Philip Johnston-Higham said...

Basically Brooks argues that most politicians are involved in a game which dehumanises them. They have to campaign constantly, that involves both being uncharitable to their opponents and egotistic.

They have to reduce policy decisions to tribal political decisions and all these things are demanded of them by the electorate operating within a democratic system.

This is fabulous stuff and simultaneously, I wrote something mentioning you on this general topic. That's weird.

rchmura said...

In that sense, GoStats can help you learn more about your actual traffic trends and patterns. (As each detail is broken down and easy to understand and convey)