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developerWorks: Take Web Data Analysis to the Next Level with PHP

Aug 13, 2003, 05:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Meagher)

"Maybe developers shouldn't be expected to deal with the statistical analysis of data streams except in superficial ways. After all, there are those who devote careers to the more complex data-stream analysis; they're called statisticians and trained analysts. They can be brought in when an organization needs more than just descriptive statistics.

"However, an alternative response is to acknowledge that increasing savvy with inferential statistics is becoming part of the job description for Web developers. Dynamic sites are generating more and more data and it is arguably the responsibility of Web developers and system administrators to find ways of turning this data into actionable knowledge.

"I advocate the latter response; this article is intended to help Web developers and systems administrators learn (or activate, in the case of inert knowledge) the design and analysis skills necessary to apply inferential statistics to their Web data streams..."

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