odd figures

Danny Yee (danny@STAFF.CS.SU.OZ.AU)
Tue, 22 Nov 1994 11:54:59 +1000

I've just been playing around with some shell scripts to analyze the
accesses to stuff on my Web server. With the anthro-l potted
autobiographies, I noticed something rather odd. Here's the list of
access counts for each person's autobiographical sketch.

39 OBrien
15 Yee
14 Graber
7 Steiner
7 Salovesh
7 Kelley
7 Hill
6 Tourigny
6 Thornton
4 Mizrach
4 Lieber
3 McCreery

Now Bob Graber is first alphabetically, and I'm last, and that probably
explains our relative prominence. But in the alphabetical listing,
John O'Brien's entry is 7th out of 12. I could understand the
entries in the middle getting more attention, but for one particular
entry there to get more than twice as many accesses as any other?
Perhaps an undergraduate class of John's got net access, and went
looking for their lecturer... nope, I just checked, and the accesses
are from all over the place; no real geographical bias! Maybe he's
just famous, or people are attracted to certain kinds of names?

Danny Yee.