[Bioc-devel] Freezen download statistics for packages

Luo Weijun luo_weijun at yahoo.com
Wed Oct 30 00:52:58 CET 2013

Hi Hervé,
Good to know that someone else had the same observation as me. Two people seeing the same issue is always more convincing than one..

On Tue, 10/29/13, Hervé Pagès <hpages 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, 5:08 PM

 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
 We just had a release (exactly 2 weeks ago). Hard to know
 the impact of the release on the day-to-day progression of
 downloads could be but it certainly has one. I've been
 closely this day-to-day progression in October. During the
 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
 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
 > 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>
 >   Subject: Re: [Bioc-devel] Freezen
 download statistics for packages
 >   Cc: bioc-devel at r-project.org
 >   Date: Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 1:56
 >   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
 >   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
 >   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?
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 >   > Weijun
 >   >
 >   >
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 Hervé Pagès

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