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RE: hit-metering poll

From: Matthew Rubenstein <ruby@name.net>
Date: Wed, 7 Aug 1996 16:08:40 -0400
Message-Id: <v01540b0fae2ea5f8fa70@[204.50.44.13]>
To: Paul Leach <paulle@microsoft.com>
Cc: http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com, len@name.net, rens@name.net
>Do you count differentiate between conditional and unconditional GETs?
>Seems like the answer is no, if they don't even discriminate between
>HEAD, GET, and POST.

        No. Our customers are concerned with the relative interest shown by
their audience in their various online resources. The marketing logic that
is being applied currently is not comprehensive enough to weight
conditional vs unconditional, HEAD vs GET etc, in determining where they're
getting their value. TrafficWatch is reconfigurable to allow for the
development of useful principles for evaluating any of the values recorded
in the log. Once the marketing principles for qualifying the various kinds
of Web-mediated impressions are established, the analysis will be able to
produce meaningful data. Until then, the scarcity of non-GET/POST queries
and the lack of a context in which to interpret them statistically renders
that kind of report nothing more than a distraction. However, TrafficWatch
could be used to analyze the logs in order to identify trends in the
appearance of such data.


>>----------
>>From:  ruby@name.net[SMTP:ruby@name.net]
>>Sent:  Wednesday, August 07, 1996 12:50 PM
>>To:    Paul Leach
>>Cc:    http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com; len@name.net; rens@name.net
>>Subject:       Re: hit-metering poll
>>
>>On Tue, 6 Aug 1996, Paul Leach wrote:
>>
>>> When you do hit counting:
>>>
>>> Do you count HEADs and GETs as hits?
>>
>>        The log analysis software that we license to our customers whose
>>sites we develop (TrafficWatch) counts the HEAD, GET and POST queries
>>together. TrafficWatch is configurable to allow customized profiling of the
>>standard logfile format records, but no customer has requested to
>>differentiate between the request types. Our own profiles across all sites
>>we host show very few HEAD queries (less than .01%), so the magnitude of
>>possible inflation of the totals is of little concern to them. They are
>>mostly interested in configuring various graphical representations of the
>>various hit populations according to content or  client characteristics.
>>
>>--
>>Matthew Rubenstein                     North American Media Engines

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Matthew Rubenstein                     North American Media Engines
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               They also surf who only stand on waves.
Received on Wednesday, 7 August 1996 13:11:39 EDT

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