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2017 Statistics, part 6: Finds distribution

  • 50% of all the finds were logged by the top 2.5% of cachers.
  • 84% of all the finds were logged by the top 20% of cachers.
  • The bottom 50% of cachers only logged 4.8% of the finds.
  • The last 1% of finds were logged by the bottom 18% of cachers.
  • A full 1902 cachers (24.9% of the total) only logged a single cache.
  • The average number of caches found was 18.1 per cacher, and the median was 4.
  • A total of 7649 cachers logged at least 1 cache in South Africa during 2017. (20% fewer than in 2016).
  • 1644 cachers (21.5% of the total) logged at least 12 caches during the year; my arbitrary definition of "active" cachers. (6.9% fewer than in 2016).

I think Pete (TechnoNut) would have liked the following graph:

2017 RSA Cumulative find distribution.jpg

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So the 80/20 role applies. 

Is it possible to match hides vs finds for the year by cacher. 

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25 minutes ago, ChrisDen said:

So the 80/20 role applies. 

Is it possible to match hides vs finds for the year by cacher. 

Yes the 80/20 (Pareto) principle pops up everywhere.

Yes, I can match hides and finds per cacher, but what do you want to see? Best karma?

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On 1/29/2018 at 8:38 AM, Danie Viljoen said:

I don't think many people have logged more than 2000 finds in one year; I'll look into this later.

There are in fact 5:

1. iPajero:  184 days
2. tjoklits: 302 days
3. Geelvink: 319 days
4. MadSons:  322 days
5. Panters:  359 days

These are valid for all starting dates, not only 1 January.

The shortest periods to find 3000 caches are:

1. iPajero:  446 days
2. Panters:  551 days
3. Spesbona: 582 days
4. Geelvink: 594 days
5. tjoklits: 758 days

(These are for South African caches.)

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22 hours ago, Danie Viljoen said:

Yes the 80/20 (Pareto) principle pops up everywhere.

Yes, I can match hides and finds per cacher, but what do you want to see? Best karma?

Would be interesting to see karma for the year - top and bottom 10.

Accumulative karma can be found on project-gc

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2017 Statistics, part 7: Ranking vs. no. of finds

  • To be in the top 1% of cache finders, you needed at least 327 South African finds for the year

  • To be in the top 100 cache finders, you needed at least 254 finds

  • To be in the top 10%, you needed at least 28 finds

2017 RSA ranking vs. no. of finds.jpg

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End January 2018

 

Country Enabled Disabled Archived Total Active Rank Find
YTD2018
Find
YTD2017
Difference Hidden
YTD2018
Hidden
YTD2017
Difference Active Cachers
YTD2018
Active Cachers
YTD2017
Difference
United States 1052980 10525 1173424 1063505 1 234546 277649 -15.5% 6188 7597 -18.5% 51211 53449 -4.2%
Germany 367793 8841 444785 376634 2 197757 179884 9.9% 3071 3159 -2.8% 59897 54880 9.1%
France 246038 4081 70944 250119 3 75996 71456 6.4% 2447 2927 -16.4% 15337 13078 17.3%
Canada 239066 2824 171325 241890 4 28761 36719 -21.7% 832 1382 -39.8% 5250 5941 -11.6%
United Kingdom 201299 3413 176553 204712 5 78651 91190 -13.8% 1495 1813 -17.5% 16389 18552 -11.7%
Sweden 115172 898 58602 116070 6 25220 29120 -13.4% 583 727 -19.8% 4943 5395 -8.4%
Norway 78158 533 26581 78691 7 11895 21300 -44.2% 324 568 -43.0% 2508 3956 -36.6%
Australia 75209 1283 46152 76492 8 36484 36230 0.7% 587 710 -17.3% 8911 8627 3.3%
Spain 73695 2290 24180 75985 9 22712 23886 -4.9% 577 1292 -55.3% 6696 6366 5.2%
Finland 55159 1271 21503 56430 10 20139 25332 -20.5% 356 684 -48.0% 5902 6809 -13.3%
Czech Republic 54068 2230 33060 56298 11 36034 26747 34.7% 514 391 31.5% 16982 14320 18.6%
Austria 46183 2776 31677 48959 12 19582 16539 18.4% 299 480 -37.7% 6309 5845 7.9%
Portugal 39332 1097 28098 40429 13 13542 17402 -22.2% 194 434 -55.3% 3374 3974 -15.1%
Poland 39177 737 16406 39914 14 11142 8384 32.9% 336 410 -18.0% 2923 2580 13.3%
Netherlands 35271 1482 47913 36753 15 27977 26219 6.7% 409 595 -31.3% 14480 12436 16.4%
Belgium 34608 1351 35859 35959 16 23456 20524 14.3% 417 816 -48.9% 7582 6479 17.0%
Denmark 31475 476 37991 31951 17 13554 14256 -4.9% 218 289 -24.6% 2680 2799 -4.3%
Switzerland 30609 1319 20283 31928 18 16444 13976 17.7% 267 236 13.1% 6285 5314 18.3%
New Zealand 30535 738 15927 31273 19 15215 16626 -8.5% 360 440 -18.2% 3440 3765 -8.6%
Japan 26465 701 8147 27166 20 3577 4622 -22.6% 171 216 -20.8% 624 761 -18.0%
Italy 26250 854 8095 27104 21 5186 5935 -12.6% 224 303 -26.1% 2200 2307 -4.6%
Slovakia 15133 429 8524 15562 22 6012 4690 28.2% 185 128 44.5% 2062 1794 14.9%
South Africa 14343 353 9712 14696 23 4885 5485 -10.9% 145 213 -31.9% 1451 1451 0.0%
Ireland 9554 190 6199 9744 24 2435 3296 -26.1% 70 123 -43.1% 749 909 -17.6%
Hungary 7741 236 2491 7977 25 2309 1481 55.9% 33 56 -41.1% 764 563 35.7%
South Korea 6195 14 9290 6209 26 528 608 -13.2% 25 77 -67.5% 84 99 -15.2%
Lithuania 6090 105 2989 6195 27 1804 1405 28.4% 46 64 -28.1% 481 436 10.3%
Croatia 5376 212 1528 5588 28 1159 843 37.5% 32 39 -17.9% 254 196 29.6%
Latvia 4702 282 4127 4984 29 2312 1965 17.7% 16 22 -27.3% 828 767 8.0%
Slovenia 4547 173 1181 4720 30 1560 1175 32.8% 51 10 410.0% 488 412 18.4%
Zimbabwe 298 20 72 318 67 12 39 -69.2% 1 6 -83.3% 7 21 -66.7%
Namibia 284 4 178 288 70 140 81 72.8% 1 1 0.0% 45 34 32.4%
Botswana 91 0 53 91 99 9 6 50.0% 0 0 #DIV/0! 8 10 -20.0%
Swaziland 59 0 27 59 115 10 12 -16.7% 0 0 #DIV/0! 7 8 -12.5%
Mozambique 44 1 31 45 132 9 3 200.0% 2 0 #DIV/0! 5 2 150.0%
Lesotho 24 1 22 25 160 9 4 125.0% 0 1 -100.0% 11 6 83.3%
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16 hours ago, GlobalRat said:

End January 2018

Very interesting. The difference in the number of finds for all these countries (and I believe it represents more than 95% of the world) is -4.5%. This is probably not statistically significant - the period is quite short and the number could have been influenced by the cold winter in the northern hemisphere

The total difference in the number of caches hidden, on the other hand, is -21.9%

Interestingly enough, the number of active cachers is +2.8%

We should revisit these numbers later in the year.

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My comments on our 2017 stats:

 

 

  • The total number of caches placed - lowest for 5 years! Hopefully we can turn that around
  • Cache finds - downward - but we'll need to see if that is a trend or just a normal anomaly
  • with over 180 Will Attend logs still needed (as of early Feb) for the possible MEGA in Gauteng - it seems like we need to do some major recruiting in the caching community in 2018
  • I do  not believe that SA is anywhere near saturation level - if we look at a metro area like Durban - less than 50 odd regular cachers - this could easily hit the 500 mark to be comparable with Germany / US etc. - so with more cachers comes more caches. Similarly - areas like Newcastle ' Pietermaritzburg / East London / Rustenburg / Nelspruit / Witbank / Bloemfontein / Upington / Kimberley / Ladysmith / Bethlehem etc. - all large towns - with very few cachers. I still say cacher numbers are the issue - not number of caches
  • I personally don't have an issue with certain "big number" finders having few hides. It would be nice to have them hiding - but each and every one of us plays the game in the way it works for us.
  • Western Cape will remain the primary destination (tourists both international and local) - plus there are AWESOME cachers in the area - and some brilliant caches. I love caching there - and I'm a true blue Natalian. We all just need to co0ntiunue encouraging new cachers and placing new quality caches. The western Cape also lends itself to a more outdoorsy lifestyle.
  • Canary Islands got 60000 odd more finds for 2017! That is huge. I really hope we reverse this trend - it's good to be the biggest in Africa.
  • Interesting that Free State got almost twice the number of finds that KZN did (based on pie chart)
  • Alarming that 1902 cachers only logged a single cache (even if you half that for tourists) - it means new cachers don't see the point - QUALITY caches are the key to keep us old folks interested and attract newbies.
  • While an average finds of 18 caches sounds good - the median of 4 is bad - it means the large numbers of guys like geelvink and the others  - are overshadowed by the huge numbers who do not change into regular cachers. We need to see new faces!
  • Just over 2 finds a month (28)  places you in the top 10% of cache finders in SA!!!!!! Very alarming on cacher "stickiness"
  • We are having many many caches archived each year - agreed some may be archived too soon - but maintenance needs to be kept up on caches placed - or good quality caches that last need to be placed.

 

Letss get out there and break records in 2018 - let's grow our hobby

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I agree with the point about recruitment. When we started it was like a secret society. If someone asked what you are doing you would think up some stupid excuse. We now tell muggles we are part of a world wide treasure hunt. Some loose interest when you tell them you don't win anything but some are interested.

We need to be more open about our sport and get more involved.

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2017 Statistics, part 8: Finds distribution

This should be read with part 6.

  • 1902 cachers have found 1 South African cache during 2017
  • 1112 cachers have found 2
  • 761 cachers have found 3
  • 585 cachers have found 4
  • 418 cachers have found 5

RSA 2017 finds distribution.jpg

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3 hours ago, Danie Viljoen said:

2017 Statistics, part 8: Finds distribution

This should be read with part 6.

  • 1902 cachers have found 1 South African cache during 2017
  • 1112 cachers have found 2
  • 761 cachers have found 3
  • 585 cachers have found 4
  • 418 cachers have found 5

 

That's about 4500 newbies - or fringe players - take 1/2 away for tourists and we still end with well over 2000 local cachers with potential to grow into the next geelvink or PieterM - there are some awesome "new" cachers of just over a year or so who now have 1000+ cache finds - we need to grow more of these - even if they only convert to a 100+ finders per year.

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2017 Statistics, part 9: Cache owners who received the most find logs

A total of 1564 South African cache owners received at least 1 find log during 2017. The top 10 are:

 1.	BoazRuthFields: 3309 finds (2.39% of the total)
 2.	SKATTIE@1:      2657 finds (1.92%)
 3.	Panters:        2362 finds (1.71%)
 4.	ChrisDen:       2288 finds (1.66%)
 5.	iPajero:        2225 finds (1.61%)
 6.	Adventure_T:    2089 finds (1.51%)
 7.	Andredj:        1689 finds (1.22%)
 8.	die sousies:    1624 finds (1.18%)
 9.	PieterM:        1594 finds (1.15%)
10.	Sokkies73:      1559 finds (1.13%)

And, once again, the graph of the distribution of finds vs. the (sorted) percentage of owners has the typical 80% finds for the top 20% owners shape:

2017 RSA finds vs. owners.jpg

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5 hours ago, Spesbona said:

It would be interesting to follow these stats as the year progress.

Agreed 

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On 2/23/2018 at 10:57 AM, Spesbona said:

It would be interesting to follow these stats as the year progress.

Could it possibly be done monthly?

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Thanks for the update.  Interesting to follow the progress.  Looking forward to the next instalment to see how the Planetary Souvenir chasing effect the stats.

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Quick Cuppa Events

The 100th QC event was recently held. The first of these was in Feb. 2010; one every month, all in Pretoria and Centurion.

A total of 197 cachers attended at least one of them. 

The average attendance was 18.6 per event, and the top attendance was 38 (QCXXXIV)

The top attendees are:

 1. Jors           100
 2. Leon St         93
 3. Wilduvo         89
 4. rodnjoan        84
 5. HeinG           77
 6. Cherokee.za     75
 7. dolos           64
 8. B and C Inc     61
 9. pannie&medusae  56
10. _LINK_          51

100 months in a row, without ever being on leave, ill, or otherwise occupied; remarkable!

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South African Events

For the year 28 June 2017 to 27 June 2018:

  • There were 287 events (of all types) in South Africa during the past year. (On average 5.5 events per week)
  • The event with the most attendees was GC71NF6 - Wilderness Camping Weekend, with 39 attendees
  • There were 4 events with only one attendee each: GC7AYNK, GC7BFHR, GC7H051 and GC7PFGR
  • The average attendance was 11.3 cachers per event
  • A total of 367 different cachers attended these events
  • The median was 4 events per cacher (of those who attended events)

The cachers who attended the most South African events during the past year:

 1. za pienaar family: 63
 2. Panthera03:	       58
 3. macaddikt:	       52
 4. GEO936:            51
 5. dolos:             50
 6. GForceZA:          43
 7. pieterix:          42
 8. ChrisDen:          41
 9. LuciaMPR:          39
    udjopa:            39

 

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South African Events, part 2

Unlike most other cache types, the number of new events in South Africa is still growing:

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(The numbers are for full years, ending on 27 June.)

 

The number of event attendees may have peaked:

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The growth of the number of attendees has not kept up with the events:

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Most found South African caches

 

For the year ending 1 July 2018: (Top 10 plus the top of each province):

  1. GC31WXR  Table Mountain Travel Bug Hotel            CapeDoc        Western Cape  284 finds
  2. GC6JCHV  V&A Waterfront: Bay Vista                  SawaSawa       Western Cape  228 finds
  3. GC7B84E  Cape Town / Table Mountain Virtual Reward  sparkey1964    Western Cape  195 finds
  4. GCMYYZ   Table Top Trove                            AndyT1         Western Cape  193 finds
  5. GC62NFH  Birth of a gentle giant                    scubie999      Western Cape  182 finds
  6. GC7B8X0  Into 7th Heaven                            TeamDJ*        Western Cape  138 finds
  7. GCVDHN   Sailors' Star                              vespax         Western Cape  137 finds
  8. GC37VF3  Tip of Africa                              Zephyr2        Western Cape  136 finds
  9. GC78HNP  Suspension Bridge                          TEAM SCHUTTE   Eastern Cape  124 finds
 10. GC6ZB58  SAS Somerset                               krazikatz      Western Cape  119 finds
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 12. GC19QVQ  Three Rondavels                            CrystalFairy   Mpumalanga    116 finds
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 18. GC7CH1J  Welcome to Johannesburg, South Africa      KrokosZA       Gauteng        98 finds
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 43. GC7666F  Spruit Walk 2                              Geoplacer1111  Free State     67 finds
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 65. GC693Y1  Jasmyn se Windpomp                         Bekster77      North West     55 finds
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 99. GC7A8BM  Windmills                                  CamoB0B        Kwazulu Natal  51 finds
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324. GC70E40  Pink                                       Namzat         Northern Cape  34 finds
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424. GC642BH  Plot 71                                    Marcob29       Limpopo        31 finds

 

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Top finders in South Africa

For all time, up to 2 July 2018:

 1. iPajero:       16092 finds
 2. rodnjoan:       7118 finds
 3. The Huskies:    7057 finds
 4. cownchicken:    6476 finds
 5. GorNat:         6265 finds
 6. Louise_Gerhard: 6232 finds
 7. Geelvink:       6128 finds
 8. SKATTIE@1:      5812 finds
 9. ChrisDen:       5677 finds
10. terunkie:       5648 finds

To put this into perspective, iPajero's 16092 finds is 1004 more than the current number of active caches in South Africa!

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Cache age

For active South African caches:

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The fact that there are more 3 year old caches than 1 year old, is cause for concern.

 

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What this graph means is that 20% of caches are younger than 1.7 years, 50% (the median) are younger than 3.9 years, 80% are younger than 7.4 years, etc.

The average age of all active South African caches is 4.6 years.

The oldest 1% are older than 13.3 years.

The oldest 100 are older than 14.2 years.

The oldest 25 are older than 16.5 years.

 

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New caches per year

All new South African caches published, for years ending on 30 June:

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This year is 32% down from the peak in 2014.

 

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Danie

Once again - a brilliant set of stats. thank you.

I really think we need to be doing more recruitment - and quality cache placement (not nanos for numbers) should be the aim fir all of us

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We have just come back from a trip to Mpumalanga. What we enjoyed was the caches that were placed along a scenic route. Regardless of the nature of the cache . There are plenty in Barbeton/Nelspruit/White River. I just wish there were more places like that.

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This is a very interesting chain of comments.  Thank you for all your efforts Danie Viljoen.

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Hello, 

I am new here so I am not sure I post in a good place but perhaps you can help me somehow? this is my previous post that I published somewhere else. :(

 

 

Hello,

I am interested in geocaching statictics for Africa, particularly which country has the biggest/smalles number of caches. Is there any country without a cache.? Which country has the highest number of active geocachers ? Is there any country which has more ECs or mysteries than any other? Do you know if there is any place/website  where I can see this statistics? Also is there any website with some trivia/ fact&figures about geocaching in Africa? I would like to get the info as I am preparing an event dedicated to geocaching in Africa and I want to make it as interesting as possible.

I will be grateful for your help. 

 

Best regards

Bożena 

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All of these questions have been answered before in this (or the old) statistics thread. I suggest you read through it; you may find other statistics that you can use.

  • Most caches: South Africa (currently 15172 active caches)
  • Fewest caches: Somalia: 0
  • Highest number of active geocachers: Continental Africa: South Africa. The Canary Islands (administered by Spain) had more cachers logging a cache during the last year, but I suspect the vast majority are European tourists
  • Most ECs: South Africa, by far (There are currently 406 active ECs in South Africa, vs. 509 in the rest of Africa, including the Canary Islands and Madeira)
  • Most Mystery caches: South Africa, by far. (There are currently 1737 active mystery caches in South Africa, vs. 611 in the rest of Africa.)
  • Other website: You can try https://project-gc.com

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