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Packet Loss Performance vs. Country Development Indicators

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Introduction

In this page we look at the performance to various countries, measured by PingER packet losses and see how it may be related to the countries' states of development.

UNDP Human Development

The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) collects many measurements of Indicators related to a country's development. These include the level of education, the GNP etc. The most recent report, produced in 2002, was for the year 2000. The data from this report was downloaded in Excel format, and used to compare the March 2003 PingER packet loss with: the Human Development Index; the GDP/capita; the Combined primary, secondary, tertiary education enrollment; and the Adult Literary Rate. Scatter plots of the the above Indicators vs. the PingER packet loss for March 2003 are seen below. Also shown are fits to log functions and the squares of the correlation coefficients (R2).

Comparisons with hosts and users

The Matrix Information Service  provides a nice map of the hosts / capita.

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) keeps track of the number of Hosts/capita and Internet users/capita. We incoporated this data into a spread sheet with the PingER losses in 2001 and obtained the scatter plots below of Hosts / capita and Users / capita vs. PingER losses for 2001. Also shown are fits to power law functions together with R2.

Conclusion

It is seen that the best correlations (R2 large) are for the GNP/capita and the Hosts/10K population. These show small to medium correlations.

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Created March 26, 2003. Last updated April 15, 2003.
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