Today we present to our beloved stats addicts a new way to perceive numbers: stats tables! Tabular data is arranged in convenient grids so you can easily compare values along two dimensions: columns and rows. Headings along the top and left edges provide context and orientation. Alternating rows are faintly shaded to improve readability. Surely you have seen these things before.
Three new tables are available today: Months and Years, Average per Day, and Recent Weeks. They were modeled after tables Matt created for displaying top-secret WordPress.com metrics. Each one resembles a calendar in its own way. You probably won’t want to refresh these as often as some other stats pages—only a few of the table cells will be updated—but I won’t try to stop you. I know what it’s like.
Business folks and aesthetes alike will revel. The math-minded among you can throw away your calculators: the tables already include useful sums and averages, the results of arcane formulas you’d rather forget anyway. And put away your crayons, artistic types: colorful numbers illustrate percent change for recent weeks and a yellow box highlights the greatest value in each table. The other Matt helped with the colors, despite his colorblindness.
I know how some people cling to their calculators and crayons. If you are compelled to verify my computations, please first read the math notes below the tables. They should explain why the numbers don’t always add up. I hope you find the logic logical.
Ah, but how do you get there? The new Summary Tables button reveals tables for the whole blog. Tables for each post are shown on the same page as individual post charts, so just click the little icon to see those. The new tables are available to WordPress.com bloggers as well as bloggers using the WordPress.com Stats plugin (no upgrade required). Please enjoy responsibly.
Note to 1992: I almost put “Totally” in the title. It was not easy to resist.