Combining Group with Search or Show

by doug April 02, 2009 21:05

I’ve noticed a couple of nice reviews of CacheStats 3.0 already: one at Geocaching Online and another at Trip’s GeoAdventures.  I especially liked TripCyclone’s suggestion to combine grouping with the show caches feature to learn interesting nuggets about your finds.  For example:

 Grouping ShowDNFs

With these settings, I can see whose caches I’ve had to log the most DNFs on (Did Not Find it logs).  One caveat about DNFs: geocaching.com only includes the caches you have found in the my finds pocket query.  So any caches that you’ve logged a DNF on but haven’t found yet won’t be included.  You can easily think of other interesting combinations:

  • FTFs (First To Find) grouped by status (see which of your FTFs have been archived)
  • DNFs grouped by difficulty
  • DNFs grouped by size (any surprise that Micros is at the top of my list?)

In the same manner, you can also combine grouping with search.  I previously suggested some interesting items to search on, for example weather-related terms. So if I search on “rain” while grouping by month, guess what?  No mentions of rain in December or January, but plenty in the summer months. No big surprise of course. But you might run into a few surprises too. I searched for “bike” and grouped by terrain.  The highest terrain that we biked on was a 3.5 believe it or not.

Give it a try, especially if you like to stroll down memory lane.  You might find some interesting facts about your finds.

Searching Logs

by doug March 24, 2009 22:52

SearchNo, I’m not talking about looking for a geocache in a fallen tree. Rather, I’m talking about one of the new features in CacheStats 3.0, the ability to search your logs, the cache names, or the cache descriptions for a particular word or phrase.  Searching for text in cache names or the cache description can be handy when you’re trying to look up a specific geocache but can only remember part of the name or a few details about the cache such as the name of the park it was hidden in.  But searching for text in your logs can be kind of fun and may reveal interesting facts about your geocaching adventures.  Here are some of the things that I found interesting to search for.

  • Weather conditions: rain, pouring, freezing, sunny, beautiful day, windy, cold, hot, humid
  • Animals and insects: deer, dog, mosquito, ticks
  • Scenery: beautiful, great view, steep
  • Cache condition and contents: wet, soaked, open, TB, McToy
  • Access mode: bike, hike, jog

So here are some stats from searching our logs.  Out of 616 caches found:

  • Deer is mentioned 4 times, but mosquito is mentioned 24 times.  There are a lot of deer in SE Wisconsin, but the mosquito is the unofficial state bird (as I’m sure it is in many other states as well), so this isn’t surprising.
  • Sunny is mentioned 12 times, but rain is mentioned 45 times.  But I think most of the mentions of rain are something like “decided to go geocaching after the rain stopped”.  (We don’t do much caching in the rain).
  • View is mentioned 13 times, dark is mentioned 12 times.  I’m guessing that view and dark are never mentioned together in the same log.
  • Bike is mentioned 48 times.  Geocaching definitely motivates me to get on my bike more than I would otherwise.  Jog is mentioned 0 times.  I’m clearly not into jogging.
  • TFTC is mentioned 483 times.  I wonder what it was about the other 133 that we didn’t include it?  Oh wait, we mention thanks 79 times, so overall we have thanked almost every cache owner.

So what words or phrases can you think of to search for in your logs? Do your searches reveal anything interesting? Feel free to post your comments here.

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