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Old 10-31-2006, 01:09 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by iamback View Post
But you can choose the period for which hits are counted, and a host of other criteria to look at the hits for that period. (An unlike many commercial programs, Analog provides pretty fine control over what is counted as "robots" and specifically include or exclude them.)
If only. All I get is the reports to look at. No control whatever. If you have a GoDaddy account, you'll have some idea of what I am allowed to see.

Originally Posted by iamback View Post
Trends in usage how? Just by numbers? Aren't browsers used part of the mix?
Just trends in numbers. We don't need really fine-tuning.

Originally Posted by iamback View Post
If it's just trends in numbers rather than numbers, I'd set Analog to give me totals for all kinds of criteria for each period, and then plug those numbers into a spreadsheet - and do that for every period. Then - over time - you can do any kind of trend analysis you like, and even make petty graphs. Simple moving averages can give good insight and are easy to do with a spreadsheet.
That's what Summary does for me with no effort on my part. I'm a systems librarian, not a webmaster, in my day job, and this is really peripheral to my day-to-day work.

Originally Posted by iamback View Post
But you can actually do some of that by letting Analog work not on separate logfiles, but several together. Say you make a log file for each week, and you let Analog always work on the last four weeks: instant moving average; to produce graphs, again plug the results into a spreadsheet. The basis of all analysis is to set a good baseline for creating your log files (daily, weekly, monthly); that is not the task of the log analysis program, but something you have to set up on the server.
Summary does all that for me for my own sites, without any effort on my part. It's what I want to happen for my library catalogue.

I suppose my complaint isn't against Analog, which I've used off and on since 2000 – rather the very limited access to pre-digested reports that are all I have available to me at the moment.

As I mentioned, I am a systems librarian in this instance, and have many other calls on my time. What I'm really after is something that will pre-digest the raw logs in more than the ways I need, so that I can pick just the reports that give me what I want. Summary is doing this for me on my own site, but I feel the need to offer more than one alternative to the people who will give me the go ahead on this because it's ratepayers' money at stake.

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