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Tracking an item on Hacker News - 2015/05/02
So I ended up with data on page hits, points, and ranking on the front page. Not really sure what to do with this data, but it seemed a good idea to plot it and see if there was anything to be seen.
We can see fairly clearly that the ranking (in yellow - inverted on the chart) gets to number 4, and then gradually declines. The points (in red) climb fairly steadily until the item falls off the front page at about 18:45. Unsurprisingly, the hits per minute are roughly correlated with the ranking. The higher the ranking (lower the yellow line) the more hits per minute.
The second version of the plot shows that correlation much more clearly. There's a spike in page hits at 17:30 when the item first returns to the front page, then again on its last visit at about 18:05. This shows even more clearly the value (in page views) of getting to the front page of HN, as compared with just being on the "newest" page.
Total number of page views was around 15.5k, almost all unique IPs. At about midday the page was getting a roughly a view per second.
Just for interest I also plotted sec/hit against the current rank on the front page. Plotting a straight line through that we find that we get
secs/hit ~ 1.75 + 0.075 * Rank
For what that's worth.
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