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Socrethics Statistics


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Table of Contents


1.  Human Visitors

2.  All Visitors

3.  Visitor Map




1.    Human Visitors


The main web analytics software used by Socrethics is StatCounter.

-        StatCounter is based on a client program. It uses JavaScript and a HTTP-cookie in the user’s web browser.

-        StatCounter discards internet bots like crawlers (spiders), which do not use browsers and JavaScript.

-        StatCounter counts smartbots, which use browsers and JavaScript (because they answer human questions). Currently the number of these visits is negligible.





2.    All Visitors



Comparison with StatCounter

Socrethics uses the server based program Logaholic in order to control StatCounter.

Logaholic counts human visitors and internet bots separately.

-        The numbers for human visitors are more or less in agreement with the ones in StatCounter.

-        If all visits are counted, then the numbers are 6 to 7 times higher than the ones for human visitors.

An introduction to the reliability of website statistics can be found in Web Analytics (Wikipedia).




There are two types of Smartbots: chatbots and virtual assistants:

-        A chatbot is a piece of software that conducts a conversation via auditory or textual methods. Such programs are often designed to convincingly simulate how a human would behave as a conversational partner, although as of 2019, they are far short of being able to pass the Turing test (Chatbot, Wikipedia)

-        Virtual assistants can assist in conducting business, like reminding you of meetings, managing your to-do lists, taking down notes and so on. If you ask a chatbot for such virtual assistance, they get confused, and ultimately keep asking the same questions for clarification.

For more information see Yes, Chatbots And Virtual Assistants Are Different! by forbes.com.



Intelligent Agents

In artificial intelligence, an intelligent agent refers to an autonomous entity which acts, directing its activity towards achieving goals, upon an environment using observation through sensors and consequent actuators. Intelligent agents may also learn or use knowledge to achieve their goals (…). Autonomous programs used for data mining (sometimes referred to as bots) are also called "intelligent agents" (Intelligent Agent, Wikipedia).


The main differentiator between intelligent agents and smartbots is that intelligent agents are designed to be autonomous. If operating correctly, they should require no human intervention in order to perform their tasks correctly (botnerds.com).




3. Visitor Map