QUOTE(Poetlister @ Sun 9th March 2008, 10:16pm)
Just to prove that it is possible to apply good statistics to alleged sockpuppetry, consider this work by Cool Hand Luke:
Basically, this shows that the comparative editing patterns of Runcorn, myself and others are not typical of those of a group of sockpuppets.
And by eyeball, you can see that Runcorn gets up 3 hours earlier in the AM than any of his purported socks. That's just not credible. If a man is going to edit under ONE name just after getting up in the AM, I can't see any reason for him never to use a sock first thing, either. Of course, from here on out after they know this kind of analysis is available, the puppeters are going to get very tricky about this. But this is in the past. Pretty open and shut not-guilty.
QUOTE(Cool Hand Luke)
So what gives? One possibility is that these accounts edited from different computers at different locations through the day. For example, a work computer could have been used typically for the accounts that peak in the daytime, while a the Runcorn account might have been used from home, explaining why it peaks in the evening. Separate computers would also explain how these account could edit while continually evading checkuser evidence.
The "computer at different location = work" theory is easy to check by looking differentially at weekend edits. If the guy only edits socks at work, or some non-home location, you'll see dropouts for certain days of the week. The home account is the one used every day of the week, since just about everybody is home on any given day of the week, over time. But that *usually* isn't true of work, and if it is, there's a big difference in frequency (says Milton, while posting this from a non-home work computer on a Sunday afternoon
Never say "never.").