Talk:Keeping statistics

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He, Prino thats really complicated ;) I just count lifts and km's. And also waiting time for the lifts. 09:17, 20 September 2010 (CEST)

It is and it isn't. Once you get the hang of it, like after 30 years of doing it, it's pretty easy to fill in the notes, copy the lot to a file and run the programs, the set of programs even contains a program to check for (most of the) errors in the data you add to the main input file.
For what it's worth, a long time ago someone on the "hitching" list mentioned that he could do everything I do with a spreadsheet. Never heard from him again... Also, my program is pretty modular, if you want less output, just comment out the generation of some (or all) of the more esoteric tables, recompile, and rerun.
Some of my stats were used, as you may have seen, by Sylvain Viard in his 1999 Auto-stop Approche géographique Masters Thesis, and some of the less esoteric tables that the program generates are useful(ish) to answer questions on fora or the various mailing lists.

He, Prino, you made it into a science :-) like that file of yours, but I didn't yet totally get what you write where - could you upload a sample that's filled in? cheers--Zenit 09:35, 21 September 2010 (CEST)

Here's a sample, from a trip in a long remembered past, rides 22, 23 and 24 are the first three of the four that helped me to get into the 1991 UK edition of the Guinness Book of Records. Full details of all four rides are here.

In the input file for my main HH program, these four rides would look like:

 10,   22,    #,  2110.6,  19.20,  109.2, GR,  -,    *,        ,  , 21.35,      ,           , 108256.3, Gevgelia                                        , Raststätte Siegburg Ost
{I W
 10,   22,    6,   234.7,   2.20,       , GR,  -,     ,        , #,      ,      ,
 10,   22,    7,  1875.9,  17.00,       , GR,  -,     ,        , #,      , 18.51, 1989-07-05
 10,   22,   6a,  1211.0,  11.34,       , GR,  -,    YU,   8.24, *,      ,      ,
 10,   22,   7b,   208.7,   2.05,       , GR,  -,    A,        , *,      ,      ,
 10,   22,   7c,   690.9,   5.41,       , GR,  -,    D,        , *,      ,      ,
 10,   22,  ! 1,        ,       ,       ,  ,   !D,    ,        , !, 22.54, 22.59,
 10,   22,  ! 2,        ,       ,       ,  ,   !V,    ,        , !,  1.00,  1.06,
 10,   22,  ! 3,        ,       ,       ,  ,   !P,    ,        , !,  3.34,  3.45,
 10,   22,  ! 4,        ,       ,       ,  ,   !P,    ,        , !,  8.30,  8.50,
 10,   22,  ! 5,        ,       ,       ,  ,   !B,   YU,       , !,  9.51,  9.58,
 10,   22,  ! 6,        ,       ,       ,  ,   !D,    ,        , !, 11.10, 11.14,
 10,   22,  ! 7,        ,       ,       ,  ,   !B,   A,        , !, 12.07, 12.19,
 10,   22,  ! 8,        ,       ,       ,  ,   !D,    ,        , !, 12.34, 12.47,
 10,   22,  ! 9,        ,       ,       ,  ,   !PR,   ,        , !, 16.20, 16.58,
 10,   23,    7,    53.5,   0.29,  110.7, D,   -,    D,    0.43,  , 19.34, 20.03,           ,    163.8, Raststätte Siegburg Ost                        , Raststätte Remscheid Ost
 10,   24,    7,   343.0,   2.28,  139.1, D,   -,    D,    0.28,  , 20.31, 23.06,           , 244380.0, Raststätte Remscheid Ost                       , Raststätte Ostetal Süd
 10,   24,  ! 1,        ,       ,       ,  ,   !V,    ,        , !, 22.44, 22.51,

Columns, from left to right:

  1. Trip
  2. Ride
  3. Day
  4. Distance
  5. Actual driving time
  6. Average speed
  7. Nationality of the driver
  8. Type of driver/stop
  9. Country
  10. Waiting time before ride
  11. Split-indicator
  12. Time of departure
  13. Time of arrival
  14. Date of departure
  15. Odometer at departure
  16. Place of departure
  17. Place of arrival

Program completely ignores cols 15/16/17.

#  in col  3: split day
#  in col 11: data relating to day split
*  in col  9: split country
*  in col 11: data relating to country split
!  in col 11: in-ride stop
!B in col  8: border crossing, col 9 contains country being left

These are the scanned images, front and back stitched together. Note that I do not enter the place of departure if is the same as the previous ride place of arrival. R is an abbreviation of Raststätte.

File:T010r021-024fb.JPG
Part of my Guinness record

More questions? Just ask. Prino 20:55, 24 September 2010 (CEST)