WordPress.com changes Analytics

WP.com made a cool change to WP- Stats , its default analytics program, It now counts visitors as well as visits. This is especially useful to writers like me who like to customize content based on analytics ( GA Analytics does not work on WordPress.com hosted sites) and who dont want to bother with hosting /hacking (WP.com is much more hassle free than self-hosted , or even Rackspace hosted in my experience).

Of course the guy DOS-ing my poetry blog (via Yahoo Image Service) needs to use Tor to hide. Unless they dont want to hide and just want to click on my Roses poem 200 times (passing a subliminal message?) . Of course GA Analytics loves line charts and WP Stats loves Bar Charts, but we wont get into that.



WordPress.com Analytics

The Analytics (or stats) dashboard at WordPress.com continues to disappoint, and is a major reason for people to move out of WordPress.com hosting (since they need better analytics like that by Google Analytics which cant be enabled on the default mode)

Its not really beautiful unlike the rest of WordPress Universe!

It can be made better if people try harder! Analytics matters

Here are some points

1) Bar charts and Histograms are not really the best way to visualize trends across time

2) Location Analytics is limited to just country level analysis and the heatmap (?) is aweful in terms of distinguishing gradients 

3) Referrers Tab needs to do a better job on distinguishing between mobile and non mobile traffic, social and non social traffic (and there are better ways to visualize than just a simple list)!

4)  I cant even export my traffic stats (and forget an api !) so I am stuck with the bad data viz here

FlattR goes free for all bloggers

This is the Flattr right now
Image via Wikipedia

Email from people at FlattR. What is FlattR- social micropayments. like small Paypal button that gives a fraction of your monthly budget (say 2 euros) to people you retweet/like (called Flattered in this social media service).

Some angels are smiling over some bays , it seems. congrats FlattR and their team (which includes tech team of largest bit torrent search engine in the world). Apparently this was done in time for the royal wedding.

Important service announcement


Flattr’s first year has been great. And not just for us but for tens of thousands of bloggers, podcasters, developers, designers and other creators out there. Just ask Tim. We’re now making an important change to the service, one which should open the floodgates of Flattr, if you will.
From May 1st we no longer require users to flattr others before they can be flattrd. Or in other words, it’s not mandatory to add money to your account to have an active Flattr button.

How does this affect you?

If you’re mainly using Flattr to make payments you will soon have much more content to flattr.If you’re using Flattr both to make and receive payments then you no longer need to check your balance at the end of each month to see whether your Flattr button is still active or not. It is and always will be.

If your Flattr button was once deactivated because balance dropped to zero, it is now active again. Forever.

This makes Flattr simpler

We have good reasons for making this change and we’ve just added a post about it on our blog. In a nutshell, we just didn’t need to force the give before you get principle onto people. During the the last year we’ve learned that people want to flattr the content they like and therefore we decided to drop any rules that made the service restrictive or outright complicated.We hope you’ll like the simpler more straightforward Flattr. If you have any comments, questions or feedback please get in touch via our blog or support page.

Linus, Peter and the rest of Flattr team

Getting Flatr on a wordpress.com blog

What is Flattr?

social micro payments- aka another way for bloggers, tweeters, facebookies to make money.

Thing of it as the Paypal plus a ReTweetmeme button.

FlattR is the new legal business of the creator of Pirate Bay- the large search engine for bit torrent data.

 and how to enable it on WordPress.com

Read some snarkly grrovy instructions here with a screenshot


1.) Open a Flattr.com account here. This should be reasonably straightforward. A monkey hitting keys at random could manage it in about half an hour. It took me less than 45 minutes.

2.) In the top right of ‘Your Flattr Dashboard’ there is a button ‘Submit Thing’. Click on that and enter the details of your blog – the URL (like decisionstats.com for me) and a description (make that atleast 3 sentences). Flattr will create a page – for example,https://flattr.com/thing/162940/example-blog

Now go to your wordpress dashboard- sharing tab.


Add the following lines to your New Add Service in respective tabs

URL= https://flattr.com/thing/175763/DecisionStats (change this to the one created for yourself instep2 above)

ICON = http://api.flatrr.com/button/flattr-badge-large.png

 If you have a non WordPress blog see instructions at http://markup.io/v/jz3wv155bsfg or screenshot of instructions here-

Spam Analysis Akismet-WPStats-Blogging

Here is a brief dataset I out after one hour of cutting and pasting from WordPress.com’s creative data style formats. It shows spam,comments,traffic, and number of posts written monthly.

Clearly monthly traffic is directly related to number I write (suppose A + B* Posts)

But Spam is showing a discontinuous growth especially after a big month (in which Reddit helped)

Akismet had some missing historical values (which is curious)

So what can we do with this dataframe in R or any other statistical software.

Spam Analysis
Month Spam detected Traffic excluding spam Posts Written Traffic /Post Spam /Post Spam/Traffic Ham detected Missed spam False positives
Feb-11 1848 5079 18 282.17 102.6667 36.39% 4.00 6.00 0.0%
Jan-11 3724 10238 35 292.51 106.4 36.37% 0.00 3.00 0.0%
Dec-10 3676 10345 35 295.57 105.0286 35.53% 8.00 6.00 0.0%
Nov-10 3680 11723 71 165.11 51.83099 31.39% 24.00 3.00 0.0%
Oct-10 2292 16430 71 231.41 32.28169 13.95% 24.00 18.00 0.0%
Sep-10 0 17913 63 284.33 0 0.00% 0.00 0.00 0.0%
Aug-10 0 5403 17 317.82 0 0.00% 0.00 0.00 0.0%
Jul-10 2 5041 10 504.1 0.2 0.04% 0.00 0.00 0.0%
Jun-10 5 4271 11 388.27 0.454545 0.12% 10.00 1.00 0.0%

Comparing Bit Torrent Downloaders

Tux, as originally drawn by Larry Ewing
Image via Wikipedia

I personally like UTorrent on Windows and KTorrent on Linux.

While no experts on this, anything that gets the data down faster while maximizing my pipes efficiency.

I also like Torrenting than  any of the sudo-apt get method of downloading software or the zip unzip,tar untar, install/make file

Torrenting is a simpler way of sharing applications but sadly not used much by the stats computing community to share downloads.

Also I think any dashboard or visualization should be sorted (but not alphabetically but numerically/categorically)


So I am partially recreating after sorting the data viz from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_BitTorrent_clients

BitTorrent client Magnet URI Super-seeding Embedded tracker UPnP[81] NAT Port Mapping Protocol NAT traversal[82] DHT[83] Peer exchange Encryption UDP tracker LPD
µTorrent Yes Yes[95] Yes[96] Yes[97] Yes Yes[98] Yes[99] Yes[85] Yes[100] Yes Yes[101]
BitSpirit [11] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
BitTorrent 6 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[85] Yes Yes Yes
OneSwarm Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
qBittorrent Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SoMud Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Vuze (formerly Azureus) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[102] Yes[87] Yes Yes Yes No
BitComet Yes Yes Separate download Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Tixati [43] Yes Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial
Aria2 Yes No Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tribler Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No
Bitflu Yes No No No No No Yes Yes No Yes No
Deluge Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Flush Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes
KTorrent Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial
Shareaza Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes[93] Yes No No No
Transmission Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[94] Yes No Yes
LimeWire Partial Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
BitTyrant No Yes[citation needed] Yes Yes Yes Yes[86] Yes[87] Yes Yes No No
BitTornado No Yes Yes[84] Yes No No No No Yes No No
Torrent Swapper No Yes Yes[84] Yes No No No Yes No No No
Localhost No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes [89] No No No No
Meerkat Bittorrent Client No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No
rTorrent No Yes No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No[92]
TorrentFlux No Yes No Yes No No No No Yes No No
TorrentVolve No Partial [76] No Partial[76] Partial [76] Partial [76] Partial[76] Partial [76] Partial [76] Partial [76] No
Opera No No Yes[90] No No No No Yes[91] No No No
BitTorrent 5 / Mainline No No Yes[84] Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No
ABC No No Yes Yes No No No No No No No
Blog Torrent No No Yes No No No No No No No No
MLDonkey No No Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes No
Tomato Torrent No No Yes No No No Yes No No No No
Acquisition No No No No Yes No No No No No No
Arctic Torrent No No No No No No No Yes No No No
BitLet No No No Yes No No No No No No No
BitLord No No No Yes No Yes No Yes No Yes No
BitThief No No No No No No No No No No No
Bits on Wheels No No No No No No No No No No No
BTG No No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
BTPD No No No No No No No No No No No
FlashGet No No No No No No Yes No Yes No No
Folx No No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes No
Free Download Manager No No No No No No Yes Yes No No No
G3 Torrent No No No No No No No No No No No
Gnome BitTorrent No No No No No No No No No No No
Halite No No No Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No[88] No
QTorrent No No No No No No No No No No No
Rufus No No No No No No No No No No No
SymTorrent No No No N/A N/A N/A No No No No No
Tonido Torrent No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Torium No No No Yes No No Yes No No No No
ZipTorrent No No No Yes Yes No No Yes No No No





2010 in review and WP-Stats

The following is an auto generated post thanks to WordPress.com stats team- clearly they have got some stuff wrong

1) Defining the speedometer quantitatively

2) The busiest day numbers are plain wrong ( 2 views ??)

3) There is still no geographic data in WordPress -com stats (unlike Google Analytics) and I cant enable Google Analytics on a wordpress.com hosted site.


The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 97,000 times in 2010. If it were an exhibit at The Louvre Museum, it would take 4 days for that many people to see it.


In 2010, there were 367 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 1191 posts. There were 411 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 121mb. That’s about 1 pictures per day.

The busiest day of the year was September 22nd with 2 views. The most popular post that day was Top 10 Graphical User Interfaces in Statistical Software.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were r-bloggers.com, reddit.com, rattle.togaware.com, twitter.com, and Google Reader.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for libre office, facebook analytics, test drive a chrome notebook, test drive a chrome notebook., and wps sas lawsuit.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


Top 10 Graphical User Interfaces in Statistical Software April 2010
8 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,


Wealth = function (numeracy, memory recall) December 2009
1 Like on WordPress.com,


Matlab-Mathematica-R and GPU Computing September 2010
1 Like on WordPress.com,


About DecisionStats July 2008


The Top Statistical Softwares (GUI) May 2010
1 comment and 1 Like on WordPress.com,