How to draw a quasi-random sample of WFG stories?

5 years ago | SgL (Member)

Curious how the editors/moderators would approach this question.

I wanted to draw a sample of stories on WFG (probably stratified according to complete/non-complete) to examine how well the stories kept to a schedule. Mostly wanted to see exactly what can be "suggested" regarding the typical independent webserial writer.

* Is there a way to see total number of stories? (I presume that http://webfictionguide.com/listings/ includes stories more than once depending on tags. Adding every count up on this page would overcount the number of stories in the dB)

* If no - is there a way to at least confirm/list all stories submitted in a year by some query? I'm mulling looking at 2012 or 2013 instead of all time.

*If a story was deleted but had been submitted here at one time, should a record still exist? If I limit analysis to the last two years, should I be worried about encountering a large number of these?

Would any of you already know this information instinctively and be willing to talk about it further?

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  1. AGreyWorld (Member)

    Posted 5 years ago

    http://novelsonline.info/

    Might get around the repetition of works with tags. I believe it's from the same database WFG uses (like TWF)

  2. SgL (Member)

    Posted 5 years ago

    Thanks! That's a good suggestion as I forgot about this list!

    At least this way I have an idea of starting denominator (~600).

    Chris poked me offline and said he'd try to see what he could do. I'll see if I can get this info with years/links as a start.

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