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Wrong view count for questions?

Hello experts,

My profile page displays 2K views for this question, but when I opened the question itself to check out how many views it has gotten I discovered it had only 1501 views.

What's up with that?

Thanks.

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marked as duplicate by Adam Davis, waiwai933, Yi Jiang, Andrew Grimm, Pops Mar 14 '11 at 14:40

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Related meta.stackexchange.com/questions/79831/… –  KennyTM Mar 13 '11 at 22:06
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EXACT duplicate of Wrong view count for questions? –  Adam Davis Mar 14 '11 at 1:22
    
@Adam, for extremely large values of 1501 -- or extremely small values of 1508 -- perhaps. –  Pops Mar 14 '11 at 14:40
    
@Popular My EXACT() function only has two significant digits, but it runs really fast on 8 bit processors. –  Adam Davis Mar 14 '11 at 14:55

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This is due to the design goal to KISS - the simplest way to keep things at 3 digits is to break it into 2 buckets. The pre-K and the post-K (1K). So you get these inaccuracies

        range : margin of error
    0 -  1000 :    0 %
 1001 -  1499 :   33 % (at 1499, it is off by 499 against 1499)
         1500 :   25 % (reported as 2K, the error is 500/2K)

         .... : (consistently decreasing)

      -  9499 :  5.3% (at 9499, it shows as 9.9kV, so the error is 499/9499)
 9500 - 10000 :  5.0% (at 9500, error is 500/10K)
        10499 :  4.99%
        10500 :  5   %

         .... : (consistently decreasing thereafter)

This is what implementing the related request will achieve (please throw the full weight of your +1 vote towards it)

        range : margin of error
    0 -  1000 :    0 %
 1001 -  1049 :  4.67%  (49/1049)
 1050 -  1149 :    0 % - 4.76%

         .... : (consistently decreasing)

      -  9949 :  0.49% (at 9949, it shows as 9.9kV, so the error is 49/9900)
 9950 - 10000 :  0.5 % (at 9500, error is 500/9500)
        10499 :  4.75%
        10500 :  4.76%

         .... : (consistently decreasing thereafter)
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1501 rounded to kilos is 2k ;-)


Still, when placing your cursor over the 2k, you should have a tooltip displaying the real number.

Here's an example from my own SO account :

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That's a big, big rounding. It's like saying the tank of your car is full when you have only 51% gas in it. –  karlphillip Mar 13 '11 at 20:16
    
@Karl - you mean 75%, in which case you are right –  RichardTheKiwi Mar 13 '11 at 21:55
    
@Richard it's not rounding between 0 and 2000, it's rounding between 1000 ("empty") and 2000 ("full") –  Daniel DiPaolo Mar 13 '11 at 23:04
    
@Daniel You're wrong. See my full bodied answer below. Saying that 1501 (1500 for that matter) is 2k is a 25% error. Saying a half tank of car is full is a 50% error. Big difference –  RichardTheKiwi Mar 13 '11 at 23:14

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