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The number in brackets represents page views. Older post of course tend to have more page views, so please check the time-stamp when you read these messages. Starred posts are more recent. Also page view tracking started about 2 years ago, so for very old posts, the page view count is not accurate. Our top posts have generated more than 40,000 page views each. We have also included several posts that have generated a large number of comments.

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Comment by Mirko Krivanek on January 12, 2013 at 3:35pm

This brings an interesting question: how do you measure the popularity of an article or blog post?

Page view count is not enough. Velocity is important, as well as number of comments. The page view count can be modeled (from a statistical point of view) as an exponential distribution (growing fast in the first 24 hours, but decreasing over time). In short, it is a right-censored process (since we don't see the future) but a precise count over a 6-month time period can be computed even for a post that is just 7-day old. If you make the right adjustments, then you can compare a 7-day old post with a 2-year old one, in terms of popularity as measured by page view count.

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