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Signal to Noise Ratio for February
From: "Gregory A. Gilliss" <ggilliss () netpublishing com>
Date: Wed, 24 Mar 2004 14:41:05 -0800


Just for fun I decided to calculate the S/N ratio of FD. I used the
data from February 2004 (the last full month available). Here's my
methodology (for those who can do better :-):

Cut and Paste the archive listings in MS Word (I know, I know, ...)
Remove extraneous text (everything except the hyperlinks)
Convert remaining text to a one row table.
Turn off the Field Codes (un-hyperlink)
Sort the table (also useful to see who the blabbermouths are - exercise
left to the reader ;-)
Remove "blank rows", names, everything except list entries
Turn field codes off again (revert to hyperlinks)
Re-sort the table (necessary for next step)
Manually search for ("Find") the word "advisory" - discarding duplicates
and replies (basically looking for unique one-time list entries)

Findings ...

Total list entries for February:        1545
Total unique one time list entries
containing "advisory" (For February, 
the winner was iDefense with seven):      23
Total minus "advisory" entries:         1522 (1545 - 23)

S/N for February:      23/1522 = 0.015111695
Noise for February: 100.-0.015111695 = 99.98488831

Conclusion: well, draw your own conclusions.

Oh, and as a favor to me, replies off list pls ;-)


Gregory A. Gilliss, CISSP                              E-mail: greg () gilliss com
Computer Security                             WWW: http://www.gilliss.com/greg/
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