[Bioc-devel] Freezen download statistics for packages

Hervé Pagès hpages at fhcrc.org
Tue Oct 29 22:08:47 CET 2013

Hi Weijun,

On 10/29/2013 01:08 PM, Luo Weijun wrote:
> Dan,
> The numbers were either the same or just increased by 1-3 counts (almost the same). This increment in one week doesn’t make sense statistically for packages with hundreds of downloads per month. I have checked about 10 packages, not only mine. Anyway, the chance for all these packages get either none or just a few downloads in a whole week is almost 0.

Assuming downloads follow a Poisson model but they probably don't.
We just had a release (exactly 2 weeks ago). Hard to know what
the impact of the release on the day-to-day progression of the
downloads could be but it certainly has one. I've been watching
closely this day-to-day progression in October. During the first
3 weeks the stats were sky-rocking to a point that, if the trend had
confirmed, at the end of the month we would have ended up with more
than 30k distinct IPs for all the software packages together. Now a
few days ago, this trend suddenly changed and now the progressiuon
is very sluggish, much slower than for normal months. It looks like
in the end, October will still be a very good month but not a crazy
one like the initial trend seemed to indicate ;-)

I agree all this sounds weird. Needs more investigation...


> I tend to believe this is a global issue.
> I didn’t check the overall stats, but I did check the popular packages including this one with thousands of downloads:
> http://bioconductor.org/packages/stats/bioc/VariantAnnotation.html
> The download seen today is 1916/30123. You may want to see how much is the change in then next update.
> Weijun
> --------------------------------------------
> On Tue, 10/29/13, Dan Tenenbaum <dtenenba at fhcrc.org> wrote:
>   Subject: Re: [Bioc-devel] Freezen download statistics for packages
>   Cc: bioc-devel at r-project.org
>   Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 1:56 PM
>   Hi Weijun,
>   ----- Original Message -----
>   > To: bioc-devel at r-project.org
>   > Sent: Tuesday, October 29, 2013 10:36:33 AM
>   > Subject: [Bioc-devel] Freezen download statistics for
>   packages
>   >
>   > Hi all,
>   > It seems that the original message I sent did not get
>   through. Here
>   > is it again.
>   > I noticed that the download statistics did not change
>   at all in the
>   > past week. The numbers stay the same or almost so for
>   over one week.
>   Are the numbers the same or almost the same? That's a big
>   difference. If they are not the same, it means there have
>   been downloads in the past week. If they are almost the
>   same, then things are probably working.
>   Also, it is entirely possible that nobody downloaded a given
>   package in a given week.
>   I took a look and it seems that all of our scripts are
>   running properly. If you want to archive the current page so
>   you can compare it to new results, feel free. You might also
>   want to look at http://bioconductor.org/packages/stats/ which gives
>   stats for all packages; if none of those numbers change,
>   then there is almost certainly a problem.
>   Dan
>   > But the web page said it is updated yesterday, like
>   here
>   > http://bioconductor.org/packages/stats/bioc/gage.html.
>   This occurred
>   > to all packages I’ve checked, not only the ones I
>   developed. There
>   > should be some problems there. Hope someone can check
>   on this?
>   > Thanks!
>   > Weijun
>   >
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