[tor-dev] Anonymous Local Count Statistics Using PCSA - GSoC

Veer Kalantri mads.531998 at gmail.com
Sun Apr 2 12:51:04 UTC 2017

about which stats are you talking Aaron?

On Sun, Apr 2, 2017 at 5:45 PM, Aaron Johnson <aaron.m.johnson at nrl.navy.mil>

> > These statistics not just tell about the user's country but also keep a
> > track of unique IP addresses connecting from each country. This is
> > needed so as to present more realistic stats. If we increment counter on
> > any IP address instead of unique IP address then the statistics would
> > also reflect  user(s) connecting again and again. If we don't count
> > Unique IPs, we would have stats about per country usage rather than per
> > country users. We could do much better and implement a way(as described
> > by the OP of thread) that counts unique IPs at the same time preserves
> > privacy.
> It is true that this would count connections rather than unique IPs.
> However, Tor already infers the number of users by counting directory
> downloads and then adjusting that number based on  how many each user is
> expected to make. In addition, each user doesn’t necessarily correspond to
> a different IP because of NAT, and so counting connections may actually be
> more accurate.
> Best,
> Aaron
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