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Road Trip '15: Souvenir 4

 

The fourth souvenir was for finding an EarthCache or attending a CITO between 31 July and 2 September 2015.

There were 657 qualifying caches in Africa (647 ECs and 10 CITOs) and 310 in South Africa (301 ECs and 9 CITOs).

In the whole of Africa, 850 cachers qualified for this souvenir. (253 in South Africa.)

(165 cachers qualified for all of the first four souvenirs.)

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Road Trip '15: Souvenirs 5 & 6

 

The fifth souvenir was for finding a mystery cache between 14 August and 2 September 2015.

There were 1578 qualifying caches in Africa. (1212 in South Africa.)

In the whole of Africa, 483 cachers qualified for this souvenir. (253 in South Africa).

 

The sixth souvenir was for cachers who have qualified for the first 5 souvenirs.

There were 154 in the whole of Africa.

 

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Awesome roadtrip stats Danie! Very interesting to see the spread of the number of cachers. I find it quite surprising that there were only 154 handles that completed all of them :unsure:.

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Longest unfound caches in South Africa:

 

1. GCYMH6   Majubasnek	                   Eastern Cape	 7.77 years
2. GC199Z5  Black Holes	           Eastern Cape	 7.71 years
3. GC1902T  Ivory Trail - Camp Ntomeni	   Limpopo	 7.71 years
4. GC17Y0Z  Nsami View	                   Limpopo	 7.48 years
5. GCJ6RE   Droster's Pass Cache          Western Cape	 7.27 years
6. GC1GB7M  Takazi Waterfall	           Eastern Cape	 7.16 years
7. GC1G5TY  Izele Convent	           Eastern Cape	 6.58 years
8. GCXBXX   Mpande	                   Eastern Cape	 6.54 years
9. GC14R3H  Ivory Trail - Camp Blouberg   Limpopo	 6.52 years
10. GCWYBB   Blouberg Views	           Limpopo	 6.27 years
11. GC1PKBF  Tonteldoos - Groot Skat	   Limpopo	 6.16 years
12. GCF9FC   Just Climb It	           Free State	 6.15 years
13. GC1GB96  Nongqawuse pools	           Eastern Cape	 6.07 years
14. GCY1NM   Memel Escarpment	           Free State	 6.06 years
15. GC254GT  3 FenCes-Dewildt bike trails  North West	 5.68 years
16. GCZRTB   Baviaanskloof rock art.	   Eastern Cape	 5.63 years
17. GCV2M7   Carlisle’s Hoek Falls	   Eastern Cape	 5.36 years
18. GCYH7Y   Jonty's genesis	           Mpumalanga	 5.25 years
19. GC1VCCP  ZUURBERG - DORINGNEK	   Eastern Cape	 5.19 years
20. GCJN7F   Getowerdekop	           Western Cape	 5.15 years

 

Per province:

	
Eastern Cape:			
1. GCYMH6   Majubasnek	                          7.77 years
2. GC199Z5  Black Holes	                          7.71 years
3. GC1GB7M  Takazi Waterfall	                  7.16 years
4. GC1G5TY  Izele Convent	                  6.58 years
5. GCXBXX   Mpande	                          6.54 years

Limpopo:			
1. GC1902T  Ivory Trail - Camp Ntomeni	          7.71 years
2. GC17Y0Z  Nsami View	                          7.48 years
3. GC14R3H  Ivory Trail - Camp Blouberg	          6.52 years
4. GCWYBB   Blouberg Views	                  6.27 years
5. GC1PKBF  Tonteldoos - Groot Skat	          6.16 years

Western Cape:			
1. GCJ6RE   Droster's Pass Cache (Western Cape)	  7.27 years
2. GCJN7F   Getowerdekop	                  5.15 years
3. GCRMAA   Bacco's lookout	                  3.92 years
4. GC10693  HeksieToringtand	                  3.87 years
5. GCRN5E   Seal Island	                          3.84 years

Free State:			
1. GCF9FC   Just Climb It	                  6.15 years
2. GCY1NM   Memel Escarpment	                  6.06 years
3. GCVK5Y   Smiffie	                          2.86 years
4. GC1TP9R  The Boot	                          2.78 years
5. GCTJ1A   Orange-Caledon River View	          2.55 years

North West:			
1. GC254GT  3 FenCes-Dewildt bike trails	  5.68 years
2. GC2M7P6  Another Tufa waterfall in NC	  3.64 years
3. GC39007  Madikwe - Molatedi Village	          3.61 years
4. GCYQVC   Phaladingwe	                          3.27 years
5. GCRQY5   Across an Olive	                  2.40 years

Mpumalanga:			
1. GCYH7Y   Jonty's genesis	                  5.25 years
2. GCZRHF   Overhang Haven	                  3.72 years
3. GCWH82   Boys and their Toys	                  3.52 years
4. GC2M2DN  Small steel bridge over nothing	  3.32 years
5. GC1CPE9  5 Star	                          3.12 years

KZN:			
1. GC1KVMB  Tugela Bushveld - The Waterfalls	  5.14 years
2. GC1478N  Joshie's Driving Lesson	          5.08 years
3. GC17X73  Radical pools	                  4.61 years
4. GC12K6M  Utrecht River	                  4.59 years
5. GC2V443  Sapphire Pool	                  4.56 years

Northern Cape:			
1. GC1V1G4  Springbokpan	                  4.11 years
2. GC3GQ7Z  Springklipberg	                  3.13 years
3. GC2K9JY  End of Poplor lane	                  2.66 years
4. GC3QJ8W  Kromkolk	                          2.66 years
5. GC3QJ85  The Nuweveldberge escarpment	  2.65 years

Gauteng:			
1. GC2J89J  The Cross	                          3.21 years
2. GCWBV3   The Amazing Cache #4: United Kingdom  2.26 years
3. GC3DQZ2  BPS#6 Picture & Page Puzzle	          2.23 years
4. GC2HJ0B  Chiroptera	                          2.20 years
5. GC2JRZP  Kransroete	                          2.20 years

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Oldest never found South African caches:

1. GC2V443  Sapphire Pool	              Uthukela	          Kwazulu Natal	  4.56 years
2. GC35P1M  Ships Prow	                      Uthukela	          Kwazulu Natal   4.11 years
3. GC39MEP  Rockeries	                      Uthukela	          Kwazulu Natal	  3.87 years
4. GC4PY49  The Mystery Geocoin	      Nelson Mandela Bay  Eastern Cape	  2.11 years
5. GC4RGYK  9Peaks - Kwa Duma	              Joe Gqabi	          Eastern Cape	  2.06 years
6. GC4RJQH  The Virtual Geocoin	      Nelson Mandela Bay  Eastern Cape	  2.03 years
7. GC4XQXR  Tugela Bushveld - Bitter Aloes   Uthukela	          Kwazulu Natal	  1.82 years
8. GC55GP9  Eurosurfer 1	              Mangaung	          Free State	  1.48 years
9. GC5AP46  Moorfield Mountain Water Source  Amajuba	          Kwazulu Natal	  1.39 years
10. GC5HXBV  Tugela Bushveld - Pylon Hill     Uthukela	          Kwazulu Natal	  0.92 years

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When last were RSA caches found?

 

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The first graph shows the number of South African caches found 0, 1, 2, ... days ago.

 

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The second graph is the same as the first, just zoomed in to the first few days. It is interesting to see the periodic (7 days) cycle. The peaks correspond to the weekends.

 

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The third graph is the cumulative distribution of the above. Here we can for example see that 80% of all active South African caches have been found during the last 6 months. To get to 90% takes us back to a full year. (50% of all the caches have been found during the last 49 days - remarkable!)

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Days since last found, per province:

The following numbers are for all active (findable) caches.

    Average	 Median	
Gauteng:     97	days	35 days
NW:	    125	days	39 days
WC:	    116	days	40 days
FS:	    126	days	49 days
EC:	    143	days	50 days
Mpumalanga: 145	days	61 days
Limpopo:    190	days	71 days
KZN:	    158	days	73 days
NC:	    180	days	76 days

RSA:	    129	days	49 days

(Median can be interpreted as the number of days required for half of the active caches to be found.)

One can understand why the Northern Cape is at the bottom of the list - very low cache density, few cachers, few tourists.

I am, however, at a loss to explain why the KZN caches are found so slowly. I expected KZN to be up there with the Western Cape - high cache density, many cachers, many tourists.

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2015 Statistics, Part 1:

The following statistics are for the year 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015:

 

Most African finds:

1. Spesbona:	1522 finds
2. bergbokkie:	1443 finds
3. SKATTIE@1:	1298 finds
4. Panters:	1283 finds
5. GorNat:	1156 finds
6. ChrisDen:	1105 finds
7. terunkie:	1014 finds
8. AdieA:	 973 finds
9. Andredj:	 940 finds
10. Mixs:	 855 finds

Most South African finds:

1. Spesbona:	1516 finds
2. bergbokkie:	1414 finds
3. SKATTIE@1:	1298 finds
4. Panters:	1283 finds
5. GorNat:	1156 finds
6. ChrisDen:	1095 finds
7. terunkie:	1014 finds
8. AdieA:	 968 finds
9. Andredj:	 906 finds
10. Mixs:	 855 finds

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Part 2: Number of new South African caches

 

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On average 7.3 new caches were published per day, about 14% more than in 2014.

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2015 Statistics, Part 1:

The following statistics are for the year 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2015:

 

Most African finds:

1. Spesbona:	1522 finds
2. bergbokkie:	1443 finds
3. SKATTIE@1:	1298 finds
4. Panters:	1283 finds
5. GorNat:	1156 finds
6. ChrisDen:	1105 finds
7. terunkie:	1014 finds
8. AdieA:	 973 finds
9. Andredj:	 940 finds
10. Mixs:	 855 finds

Most South African finds:

1. Spesbona:	1516 finds
2. bergbokkie:	1414 finds
3. SKATTIE@1:	1298 finds
4. Panters:	1283 finds
5. GorNat:	1156 finds
6. ChrisDen:	1095 finds
7. terunkie:	1014 finds
8. AdieA:	 968 finds
9. Andredj:	 906 finds
10. Mixs:	 855 finds

 

First trime in ages that iPajero does not make this list!

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First trime in ages that iPajero does not make this list!

Yes, I was surprised to see that they only came in at position 21. I guess their long USA tour took its toll! (I won't be surprised to see them back at the top very soon.)

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Part 3: Most caches placed in Africa during 2015:

1. Panters:	 85
2. SKATTIE@1:	 72
3. Andredj:	 67
4. scubie999:	 65
5. cach-u-crew:	 64
6. PieterM:	 63
7. V-ixen:	 62
8. togtog:	 60
9. Wander Tante: 58
  Oss to:	 58

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Part 2: Number of new South African caches

 

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On average 7.3 new caches were published per day, about 14% more than in 2014.

 

What's with the high amount of cache placements in 2013? The GPS trail perhaps?

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What's with the high amount of cache placements in 2013? The GPS trail perhaps?

No, the GPS trail was published in 2011. During 2013 several series were published, among them the Posting Box series, the Power series (in Bloemfontein), the Seaview series, the SR series and the Curse of the Nanos series. Nothing special, really.

Edited by Danie Viljoen

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What's with the high amount of cache placements in 2013? The GPS trail perhaps?

No, the GPS trail was published in 2011. During 2013 several series were published, among them the Posting Box series, the Power series (in Bloemfontein), the Seaview series, the SR series and the Curse of the Nanos series. Nothing special, really.

 

In addition - during 2013 there were a number of power trail caches placed in the iLembe district of KZN. Approx 150. Most have now been archived. Names like SR ##, ZR ##. TMR ##.

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Part 3: Most caches placed in South Africa during 2015:

1. Panters:	    85
2. SKATTIE@1:	    72
3. Andredj:	    67
4. PieterM:	    63
5. scubie999:	    62
   V-ixen:	    62
7. ephyfer:	    56
   Evolutionaries: 56
9. TechnoNut:	    55
10. PumTim:	    54

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Part 2: Number of new South African caches

 

RSA%20new%20caches%20per%20year.jpg

 

On average 7.3 new caches were published per day, about 14% more than in 2014.

 

What's with the high amount of cache placements in 2013? The GPS trail perhaps?

Danie: Are these pictures permenanly available on bitbucket?

Can I reference them on the www.geocachingsa.com web site?

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Danie: Are these pictures permenanly available on bitbucket?

Can I reference them on the www.geocachingsa.com web site?

Yes, and yes.

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Part 4: South African finds per day:

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The busiest day in 2015 was 24 Sep with 1982 finds (4.3 times the daily average). I am not really sure why - apart from the fact that it was a holiday I don't see any special reason. It was not even on a weekend!

The quietest day was 1 Jun with only 79 finds (0.17 times the daily average).

On average there were 461 finds per day. (The median was 314).

 

If one looks at the weekly number of finds, the graph is much smoother (because the weekend peaks are smoothed out):

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Here the peak is during the week around 30 Dec, with 8861 finds (2.7 times the weekly average).

The quietest week was around 2 Jun, with 1329 finds (0.4 times the weekly average).

On average there were 3232 finds per week. (The median was 2949).

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Part 5: 2015 Finds per province:

    2014    2015
Gauteng:   44133   44208
WC:	   38983   52105
KZN:	   31150   24870
EC:	   20985   21001
Mpumalanga: 6149    7517
FS:	    7356    9119
NW:	    4621    4811
Limpopo:    2517    3065
NC:	    1209    1461
Total:	  157103  168157

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The surprise here is that the Western Cape easily dethroned Gauteng as the most active caching province.

 

Relative to 2015, the increases were:

1. Western Cape	 33.7%
2. Free State	 24.0%
3. Mpumalanga	 22.2%
4. Limpopo	 21.8%
5. Northern Cape 20.8%
6. NW	          4.1%
7. Gauteng	  0.2%
8. Eastern Cape	  0.1%
9. KZN	        -20.2%
  Total	  7.0%

The Western Cape had spectacular growth; the Free State, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and the Northern Cape did very well. North West, Gauteng and the Eastern Cape stagnated, and KZN had a very bad year. It is good to see that most of the small provinces (all except North West) had good growth last year.

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WC - I wonder if the Swartland Trail helped on that - but phenomenal growth.

Pity we can't see the growth / activity of foreign cachers in the WC especially. And in 2016 the MEGA will grow that too.

 

KZN - shew - did the MEGA in 2014 really make such a difference?

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Part 6: Most finds per province in 2015:

	
Gauteng:		
1. Panters:	        1007 finds
2. GorNat:	         893 finds
3. AdieA:	         672 finds
4. scubie999:	         651 finds
5. SpiderFinder:	 619 finds

Western Cape:		
1. Andredj:	         834 finds
2. terunkie:	         794 finds
3. bergbokkie:	         781 finds
4. Team Neil:	         710 finds
5. fiebs:	         686 finds

KZN:		
1. M²C²D:	         666 finds
2. waydom:	         561 finds
3. Beetles and Bentleys: 534 finds
4. indlovu scouts:	 524 finds
5. davmur:	         520 finds

Eastern Cape:		
1. Spesbona:	         473 finds
2. ChrisDen:	         408 finds
3. iPajero:	         374 finds
4. PipiBibi:	         373 finds
5. NaviMate:	         368 finds

Free State:		
1. die sousies:	         253 finds
2. Megsdreyer:	         221 finds
3. Mixs:	         197 finds
  Sontinoo:	         197 finds
5. nicovdw7:	         119 finds

Mpumalanga:		
1. DADDY"S ANGEL:        148 finds
2. Louise_Gerhard:       146 finds
3. Boats007:	         118 finds
4. eksteen:	          97 finds
5. wild finder:	          90 finds

North West:		
1. T-YoLo:	          92 finds
2. eksteen:	          91 finds
3. za pienaar family:     87 finds
  GorNat:	          87 finds
5. Team footprints:       78 finds

Limpopo:		
1. Jansors:	          75 finds
2. Oostewald:	          71 finds
3. Smitte21:	          63 finds
4. Team Venter:	          57 finds
5. Voëlhond:	          53 finds

Northern Cape:		
1. PieterM:	          40 finds
2. Andredj:	          39 finds
3. The Rhino Team:        35 finds
4. ZS6HDV:	          29 finds
5. ChrisDen:	          22 finds

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Part 7: Most caches placed during 2015, per province:

Gauteng:	
Panters:       85
scubie999:     50
AdieA:	       33

Western Cape:	
PieterM:       68
SKATTIE@1:     68
Andredj:       66

KZN:	
V-ixen:	       62
TechnoNut:     55
waco&winnie:   27

Eastern Cape:	
PumTim:	       53
iPajero:       36
simplr:	       35

North West:	
Team Tip Top:  27
cincol:	       12
scubie999:      9

Mpumalanga:	
Boats007:      22
MovingHamster: 18
Bouts777:      15

Northern Cape:	
PieterM:	8
Skilpad:	5
cincol:	        4
SKATTIE@1:	4

Limpopo:	
Bekster77:	8
Jansors:        8
bosvelder:      5

Free State:	
Firemasters:	4
IwanR:	        4
Megsdreyer:	3

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Do I boast being listed on 2 provinces!!!!

 

erm...

 

4th in Part 3: Most caches placed in Africa during 2015:

5th in Part 3: Most caches placed in South Africa during 2015:

4th in Gauteng in Part 6: Most finds per province in 2015:

3rd in North West in Part 6: Most finds per province in 2015:

 

My name is scubie999 and I am addicted...

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Part 8: Finds distribution:

 

During 2015 there were 12497 active caches in South Africa, of which 11950 were found during the year.

547 of the active caches (4.4%) were not found during the year.

The most found cache was GC2GG2C Nobel Square, with 369 finds during the year.

The average number of finds per active cache was 13.5

The median number of finds per active cache was 10.

 

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Part 9: Number of cachers:

 

During 2015 a total number of 9765 cachers found at least one cache in South Africa.

Of these, 2088 found at least 12 caches (my somewhat arbitrary definition of an "active" cacher).

 

See the following graph for a comparison with previous years:

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What is interesting here is that although the total number of cachers is rising exponentially, the active number only rises linearly.

 

The next graph shows the ratio of active cachers to total cachers over time. It used to be fairly constant, but has dropped quite a bit during the last two years. This surprised me, seeing that it actually gets easier to find 12 caches (because of the continuously increasing number of caches.)

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Thanks Danie for all these interesting stats and the hard work in producing them.

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Part 10: Most found caches in 2015:

 

All of Africa:

1. GC46ZVA  Welcome to the Pearl of the Atlantic      Madeira	       618 finds
2. GC4QQD3  Horizonte	                               Canary Islands  596 finds
3. GC10499  Las Dunas	                               Canary Islands  576 finds
4. GC1G6MP  Vista dunas-View dunes-Aussicht Dünen     Canary Islands  561 finds
5. GC1QB6K  Palm Beach	                               Canary Islands  548 finds
6. GC31AT3  Christoph Columbus 1502 A.D.	       Canary Islands  534 finds
7. GC3BXAT  E.T. - Der Außerirdische	               Canary Islands  508 finds
8. GC293W5  Balsnes Tenerife	                       Canary Islands  481 finds
9. GC42819  Vintersol	                               Canary Islands  479 finds
10. GC2JETJ  Oscar Ribeiro de Almeida de Niemeyer      Madeira	       472 finds
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36. GC2GG2C  Nobel  Square	                       South Africa    369 finds

Africa, excluding Madeira and the Canary Islands:

1. GC2GG2C  Nobel  Square	                       South Africa    369 finds
2. GC31WXR  Table Mountain Travel Bug Hotel	       South Africa    334 finds
3. GC4YXKY  At “Youssef“ in the middle of the Medina  Morocco	       277 finds
4. GC5112X  A Marracache @ Salah	               Morocco	       237 finds
5. GC4QZ5M  Red Scarlet Casa	                       Morocco	       202 finds
6. GC2D9WC  SS: Lusitania	                       South Africa    192 finds
7. GC4H10K  GOS: Whale Crier	                       South Africa    169 finds
8. GCMYYZ   Table Top Trove	                       South Africa    167 finds
9. GC5NPYJ  ALBIRUNI	                               Morocco	       166 finds
10. GC59R5H  Farol de St. Maria	                       Cape Verde      163 finds

South Africa:

1. GC2GG2C  Nobel  Square	                       Western Cape    369 finds
2. GC31WXR  Table Mountain Travel Bug Hotel	       Western Cape    334 finds
3. GC2D9WC  SS: Lusitania	                       Western Cape    192 finds
4. GC4H10K  GOS: Whale Crier	                       Western Cape    169 finds
5. GCMYYZ   Table Top Trove	                       Western Cape    167 finds
6. GC3TXHF  Between a rock & a hard place	       Western Cape    156 finds
7. GC2CG7X  Hiddingh Security TB Hotel	               Western Cape    154 finds
8. GC2AA8R  SS: RMS Athens	                       Western Cape    143 finds
9. GC51P6H  Trackless	                               Western Cape    128 finds
10. GC3VRM0  Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle Wiggle	       Western Cape    121 finds

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Thanks Danie for all these interesting stats and the hard work in producing them.

 

Fully Agree - Danie - you are awesome!

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Part 11: Percentage early quitters:

 

The following graph shows the percentage of South African cachers who have found only a single cache in a particular year, and then stopped caching:

RSA%202015%20percentage%20early%20quitters.jpg

 

Unless there are specific requests, this will probably be the last of my series of 2015 statistics.

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Log statistics: Part 1:

 

Here is an interesting new one - I managed to make a word cloud of find logs. This one is for the most frequently used words in South African find logs during 2015. (I removed words like the, a, and prepositions.)

(45% of the sample of logs I used contained TFTC!)

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Part 11: Percentage early quitters:

 

The following graph shows the percentage of South African cachers who have found only a single cache in a particular year, and then stopped caching:

RSA%202015%20percentage%20early%20quitters.jpg

 

Unless there are specific requests, this will probably be the last of my series of 2015 statistics.

 

This is rather alarming that 1 in 4 cachers only find 1 cache!

 

So when we introduce people - they do not carry on - and they only find a single cache. We really need to try and convert those people - because I find new cachers bring that enthusiasm and excitement back to cacching.

 

Just looking at KZN - many of the new trails, gadget caches, geo art - have all been from cachers who are relatively new - i.e. less than 2 years on.

 

Similarly - we need to encourage those "bunt out" cachers of 3 to 5 years top remain involved.

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This is rather alarming that 1 in 4 cachers only find 1 cache!

I stopped worrying about the high fall-out rate. I don't think it is primarily because of problems with cache quality or us not being friendly enough - I think it has more to do with the increasingly easier accessibility of geocaching - many more people are in a position to try it, decide it is not for them, and then drop out. I'll start to worry when the number of frequent cachers start to decrease (which it does not.)

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Log statistics: Part 2

 

I am having a lot of fun analyzing the words used in South African find logs. One of the interesting things I noticed is that in the top 100 words almost all of the words have positive or neutral meaning. Some positive examples are: thanks, easy, quick, great, fun. The sentiment is overwhelmingly positive, but the same terms are used repetitively.

 

Further down the list things get more interesting. Most of the least used words are negative, and it sounds like a horror movie (or a political saga): madmen, corruption, filth, depression, thieves, wounded, widows, sorrows, sickness, groaned, horrid, crappy, monstrosity, distressed, woe, heartbreak, furious, sucks, cruel, execution, and my favourite: sies!

 

So it appears as if we tend to get much more creative when we get worked up about a particularly bad caching experience!

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Log statistics: Part 3

 

One of the most common themes in South African logs is food. Just look at this mouthwatering list of words:

 

cinnamon, flour, apples, herb, pans, nutritional, lamb-chops, bluecheese, sandwich, munchies, groceries, scrambled, fries, lamb-chops, venison, bakery, croissant, boerebeskuit.

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Log statistics: Part 3

 

One of the most common themes in South African logs is food. Just look at this mouthwatering list of words:

 

cinnamon, flour, apples, herb, pans, nutritional, lamb-chops, bluecheese, sandwich, munchies, groceries, scrambled, fries, lamb-chops, venison, bakery, croissant, boerebeskuit.

 

interesting - I would have thought coffee; braai; cold drink; beer or wine would have made it too?

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interesting - I would have thought coffee; braai; cold drink; beer or wine would have made it too?

Oh, they are definitely there! My list is by no means comprehensive - I just listed the first few that caught my eye.

 

Some animals mentioned in find logs during the first few days of 2015:

 

lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, buffalos (all of the big 5!), cheetah, wolves, hippos, greyhound, ox, baboons, hyenas, donkey, sebras, impalas, hedgehog, rinkhals, eendjie, ostrich, hyrax, aap, horse

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Log statistics: Part 4: Frequency distribution of Log lengths

 

For the following graph I used the first 20000 find logs of 2016, and compared it to the first 20000 find logs from the beginning (Jan 2001 - Nov 2006).

 

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As can be seen, the distribution of the two periods are completely different. In the old days the distribution peaked at a log length of 125 letters. The median log length was 195 letters. Now it peaks at 4 (TFTC), with a median length of only 82. (The median log length is now only 42% of what it was in the beginning. Where originally 50% of all logs were longer than 195 letters, now only 31% are.)

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Log statistics: Part 5

 

While scanning through the list of words used in South African find logs, I came across these strange ones - my "how on earth does one use these words in a log?" list:

 

gay, virgin, trampoline, ballet, blouwildekar. My prize for the strangest/unlikeliest word goes to: bruistablet!

 

(It only appears strange because it is shown out of context - to see them in the original logs spoils the fun!)

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Log statistics: Part 6: Funny spelling

 

It appears as if many cachers have not read the Harry Potter books yet, because the word "muggle" is spelled at least 43 different ways in the logs!

 

maggles

maugel (German?)

miggels

miggle (Only slightly bothersome)

mogels

moggels

moggles

mogles

mogol

moguls (I kid you not!)

moogles

mouggle

mubble

mubblers (Just stand around mumbling incoherently...)

muckle

mugals

mugels

muggel

muggeles

mugggles

muggkles

mugglars (Thieving ones)

mugglers (Hits you over the head?)

muggles

muggless

mugglets

mugglettes (The female version?)

mugglez

mugglies

muggloid

mugglus

mughal

mughles

muglar (Musical)

mugler

muglers

mugles

mugless (Can't drink coffee)

muglet (A small one)

muglettes

muglies (Not a pretty sight)

muglles

muklers

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Log statistics: Part 7: Comparing the last year with the beginning:

 

For the following statistics I analyzed and compared the find logs of the past year (168 987 logs) and for the period 17 Jan. '01 to 17 Oct. '10 (168 996 logs).

 

Unique words beginning: 113 219

Unique words past year: 79 519

 

Unique words/log beginning: 0.67

Unique words/log past year: 0.47

 

This shows that there is much more repetition (copy & paste) in logs now than in the beginning.

 

Word cloud beginning:

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Word cloud past year:

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Log statistics: Part 8: Analysis of all South African find logs:

 

For the period 17 Jan '01 to 14 Feb '16:

There were a total of 916 709 find logs. (At this rate we should reach 1 million in the middle of August.)

There are a total of 36 360 529 words in these logs. (This is equivalent to 563 average novels! The current rate is one novel every 3.8 days.)

A total of 284213 unique words were used. (This may sound like a lot, but a large number of them are names.)

 

Let's look at the most frequently used words:

1. the	  5.54%
2. to    3.01%
3. and   2.86%
4. a 	  2.73%
5. we 	  1.79%
6. for   1.48%
7. of 	  1.47%
8. in 	  1.39%
9. cache 1.38%
10. this  1.35%
11. was   1.33%
12. it 	  1.28%
13. TFTC  1.12%
14. I	  1.12%
15. on 	  1.02%
16. with  0.91%
17. found 0.74%
18. find  0.69%
19. at 	  0.65%
20. one   0.65%

It takes just the first 8 words in this list to reach 20% of the total, 17 to reach 30% and 71 to reach 50%. To get to 80% one needs the 811 most frequently used words. The following is a graphical representation of this:

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Log statistics: Part 9: TFTC

 

Coming in at position 13 on yesterday's list of most frequently used words, is TFTC. This "word" is used 408 905 times in the 916 709 find logs. I did not check, but I would be surprised if it is often used more than once per log. This implies that close to 45% of all the find logs contain TFTC!

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Thanks for all the great stats Danie - keep up the good work!

A request: could you find/list the top 20 (or 50) total cache finds (SA only and all) for SA cache owners. Thanks!

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find/list the top 20 (or 50) total cache finds (SA only and all) for SA cache owners. Thanks!

Do you mean a list of the most frequently found South African caches?

If so, see my posting of 28 January.

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find/list the top 20 (or 50) total cache finds (SA only and all) for SA cache owners. Thanks!

Do you mean a list of the most frequently found South African caches?

If so, see my posting of 28 January.

Hi Danie, no I mean the total number of finds of all the owner's caches, the total could be of all the owner's SA hides and/or the total of all their hides (if they have other hides not in SA).

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