georapper Posted August 27, 2003 Share Posted August 27, 2003 how about if we implement a new statistic in addition to total number of finds, we take the total number of finds and divide it by the number of geocaches within a 50mile radius and 100 mile radius of the zip code where the cacher is registered. this would give us more information about the stats. total finds is good but it doesn't say anything about the total find compared to the density of caches within a give area. if i live in an area with high density caches then it is relatively easy to get a very high number of finds in a short time, if i live in an area with low density of caches, i have to spend more time driving to get the same number of caches. i think we need a new statistic in addition to total finds, that shows the density relative to the number of finds. if the total number of finds in less than one, that means the cacher has not found an the equivalent of the total number of caches within say 50 mile radius of his home zip code. if the number is greater than one, that means the cacher has found an eqivalent of all the caches within his local area of zip code within 50 mile radius. the reason i want an additional statistic is that in some areas, caches are so dense that it is very easy to find 50 caches in one day because you are walking from cache to cache that are only .1 miles apart. in an area that has very few caches, it's more difficult to get a large number of finds. this new statistic would give more meaning to the total number of finds by making it more clear just how dense the local area is. if the total number of finds is large but the new stat is less than one, then that means that the cacher has not found the equivalent of the number of caches in his area, in other words, the area is so dense that it's easy to get a large number of finds. if the number is large but the new stat is also large, it means the cacher is going out of his area many times to get caches. what does everyone think about this? the local area could be defined as 50 mile or 100mile radius or both. the data is already there, the new stat just has to take the data already present and make the division, that's all, it would be very easy to add this to the user stat page, since no new data is required. Creativity Within The Bounds Of Conformity Quote Link to comment
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