Re: Accurate user-based log file analysis

Terry Myerson (
Tue, 18 Jul 1995 15:45:21 -0700

>Quack - thanks for playing. Academic users (in the UK at least) are
>getting heavily on the proxy cache bandwagon. Take (or even
>our lowly for example; that appears as one host but
>hides hundreds, if not thousands of users. How are you going to know that
>an access from is really me from We're
>over a hundred miles apart (ok, chicken feed in American terms maybe but
>that's a big distance in the UK). Think of universities as fairly hefty
>companies - after all they are - and see your third entry.

For our geographic analysis, we only use U.S. top-level domains.
Most U.S. academic sights have their own .edu address. The geographic
analysis is part of our Domestic Organization Summary, see

>Lastly; pop quiz. Where is Where is
>> 30% are from small businesses - The location of these users can be

I don't know. And the software doesn't pretend to either. International
users are counted as part of a separate report, the International
User Summary.

> Er, how are you going to determine the location of lots small businesses
> who have CompuServe accounts?

CompuServe users are counted as part of the CompuServe user community--
which we count to be only about 5% of all users.

>Jon Knight, Researcher, Sysop and General Dogsbody, Department of Computer
>Studies, Loughborough University of Technology, Leics., ENGLAND. LE11 3TU.
>*** Nothing looks so like a man of sense as a fool who holds his tongue ***

Just curious, what is "Dogsbody" ?


Terry Myerson
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