[Bioc-devel] Package download statistics

Richard Pearson richard.pearson at postgrad.manchester.ac.uk
Wed Jun 27 17:14:14 CEST 2007

Hi Robert

Thanks for the link - very useful!

I think developers would like to know:
1. How many times their package(s) has(have) been downloaded, ideally 
broken down by:
    a. Total downloads/number of unique visitors
    b. Source/windows binary/OSX binary
    c. R download (e.g. using biocLite)/direct download from web page
    d. month/year/lifetime
    e. version number
2. How many times each of their package vignettes has been downloaded
3. How many times the package page 
(http://bioconductor.org/packages/2.0/bioc/html/<package_name>.html has 
been viewed

I think users would probably like this same information, but for all 
packages as a ranked list, and probably also for subsets of packages as 
defined by the Bioconductor Subviews.

Having had a look at the url you posted, I think most of this 
information is already available, if a little difficult to find, from 
the "Pages-URL" section. What I'm not quite sure about is whether this 
would include packages downloaded from R (e.g. using biocLite, 
install.packages, etc.) - maybe someone could clarify this?

As a first step, I would suggest listing on each package page the number 
of unique visitor downloads for the last month and last year of each of 
the following:
I think www.bioconductor.org might get counted separately from 
bioconductor.org, so I'd suggest just adding the two numbers for each of 
the above.

As a second step I would suggest giving users the option of ranking the 
list of packages in each subview by the sum of the above three numbers.

Of course, I have no idea how much work might be involved in doing this, 
and how much interest there is from others. Anyone else have views?

Best regards


Robert Gentleman wrote:
> Hi,
>   There is some data here:
> http://cobrastats.fhcrc.org/cgi-bin/awstats.pl?config=bioconductor.org
>   Doing something more, on a per package basis for example, would 
> require some more work and before embarking on that, we would like to 
> be confident that our developers and users would find such data 
> useful. Some suggestions on what would be helpful, would be of 
> particular use.
>  best wishes
>    Robert
> Richard Pearson wrote:
>> Hi,
>> Is there any way of accessing download statistics for Bioconductor 
>> packages? If not, would it be possible to make such statistics 
>> available?
>> Thanks
>> Richard.
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