[sword-devel] Download statistics from server

jhphx jhphx at cox.net
Sun Jun 15 10:33:45 MST 2008

Peter von Kaehne wrote:
> ... I need to report from time to time back to
> them how many have been downloaded. ...

I was once also required to do this kind of thing but it was not 
connected to the Sword Project. It was my contention that for various 
reasons I could not guarantee an exact number. In discussions about the 
problem I came to the conclusion that it did not matter if I used tea 
leaves to produce a number as long as it wasn't fraud and represented a 
good faith claim that the number was representative of the activity. In 
the end I used a statistical approach to analyzing the logs to produce a 
number I believed was good, if not 100% accurate. Also I would not 
report the number by simply saying there were X downloads. I would 
report something like, based on the fallowing sever log data and making 
the fallowing assumptions, blah, blah, there were X downloads. That may 
not be good enough for your situation but it was in my case.


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