“Statistics by Use” in Jerusalem

My girlfriend and me just arrived back from an awesome and very sunny two weeks journey to Israel. We spent most of the time in Haifa where we stayed with our friend Shai but of course we also jaunted (first time ever I use this verb) to Eilat, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. In Jerusalem the major highlight is the old city – a or the center for the jewish, christian and muslim religion. It’s not that large but packed with historical places – so after entering the area we checked out a map hanging next to the gate and of course first thing I did was to pinpoint the place where we where (labelled “you are here”) and Anni pointed out to me that obviously I am not the first person doing that because the color was rubbed off already. This phenomena struck me as quite interesting so I wanted to share it on here. Actually I have still no good idea how to name this or maybe there is a name for that already? You’re welcome to help me out.

Jerusalem's Old City

 The most prominent place obviously is [S] to indicate the current location. Next are the highlights for the different relgions: [C] the “Church of the Holy Sepulchre“, [W] the “Western Wall” and [D] the “Dome of the Rock“. [T] refers to the “Tower of David” and the [X]s are probably just crossings used as orientation points. We went to all four districts and the marked highlights.

I was searching for further examples of “Statistics by use” (?) but couldn’t find anything interesting or non-trivial. You are welcome to share if you have something!

5 thoughts on ““Statistics by Use” in Jerusalem

  1. Hello Raffael,

    Interesting concept indeed, and I the book was fun to read. It has been quite a few years ago though. I especially enjoyed the examples they presented, e.g., rather than asking people for their favorite radio station just inspect the settings of car radios in a garage. The book is nearly fifty years old, but in my view still relevant relevant now. The traces people leave on the internet, means the possibilities for unobtrusive measurement have increased enormously.



  2. The book Unobtrusive Measures by Webb & Campbell gives many similar examples, e.g., determining the popularity of paintings in a museum by inspecting the floors for ‘erosion’.

  3. Greetings,

    this reminded me of the concept of “Desire Lines/Paths“. Something along the lines of collective intelligence.

    So maybe this spark of an idea could point you onto a desired path (pun intended).

    Greetings from Hamburg

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