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GSLAP: a graph‐based web analysis tool

GSLAP: a graph‐based web analysis tool Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe a new software tool that graphically depicts analysis of visitor traffic. This new tool is the graph‐based server log analysis program (GSLAP). Design/methodology/approach – Discovering hidden and meaningful information about web users' patterns of usage is critical to optimization of the web server. The authors designed and developed GSLAP. Presented in this paper is an example of GSLAP in the context of an analysis of the web site of a small fictitious company. Also included is an explanation of current literature that supports graphical display of data as a cognitive aid to understanding data. Findings – GSLAP is shown to provide a visual server log analysis that is a great improvement on the textual server log. Research limitations/implications – The benefits of the output from GSLAP are compared with the typical textual output. Originality/value – The paper describes a software tool that helps the analysis of usage patterns of web traffic. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Industrial Management & Data Systems Emerald Publishing

GSLAP: a graph‐based web analysis tool

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0263-5577
DOI
10.1108/02635570810847554
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe a new software tool that graphically depicts analysis of visitor traffic. This new tool is the graph‐based server log analysis program (GSLAP). Design/methodology/approach – Discovering hidden and meaningful information about web users' patterns of usage is critical to optimization of the web server. The authors designed and developed GSLAP. Presented in this paper is an example of GSLAP in the context of an analysis of the web site of a small fictitious company. Also included is an explanation of current literature that supports graphical display of data as a cognitive aid to understanding data. Findings – GSLAP is shown to provide a visual server log analysis that is a great improvement on the textual server log. Research limitations/implications – The benefits of the output from GSLAP are compared with the typical textual output. Originality/value – The paper describes a software tool that helps the analysis of usage patterns of web traffic.

Journal

Industrial Management & Data SystemsEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 14, 2008

Keywords: Internet; User interfaces; Software tools

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