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Google Analytics Fulfills Your Need for Speed

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Google Analytics recently made some upgrades for increased speed and improvements to help user experience and make accessing all the data provided through analytics easier to access. [URL="http://analytics.blogspot.com/2012/02/making-google-analytics-even-speedier.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FtRaA+%28Google+Analytics+Blog%29"]Google's blog[/URL] post outlines 3 improvements they have made to Google Analytics:

1. Watch Your Reports Load: no more wondering 'How much longer?' A blue bar shows the progress of your loading report.

2. Load Reports Only Once: reports are cached in your computer so that you can move back and forth between different reports in a session for quick and easy comparisons.

3. Control your report calculation: As quoted from Google:
"One way we speed up the serving of data is through what we call “fast-access mode”, which applies to reports generated from large data sets. In the coming weeks, we will be peeling back the curtain on how “fast-access mode” works and letting you control the number of visits used to calculate reports.

Out with the old: fast-access mode
If a report requires calculation on more than 250,000 visits, we select a statistically random sample of 250,000 visits and estimate the report results based on that data. This makes reports faster to load, and our testing indicates that the data returned is highly accurate.

In with the new: control your report calculation
Now you will have the ability to control the number of visits used to calculate your reports, and we inform you of exactly how many visits are used in report calculation."

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