Gather statistics from your WeeChat logs

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Clogstats tells you statistics about your WeeChat channels by reading your chat logs. It can currently tell you the most active IRC channels and nicks across a given duration (the last 24 hours by default).

The motivation for writing clogstats was to overcome the limitations of its predecessor, chattiest-channels; chattiest-channels served mostly as a proof-of-concept and had very messy date/time handling.


Clogstats requires at least Python 3.6.1.

Without any extras, it supports both CPython and PyPy 7.3.1+.

On Python 3.7+, the only 3rd-party dependency is Pandas.

Python 3.6 users also need a backport of Python 3.7's dataclasses library.

For advanced time-series manipulation and forecasting, clogstats can optionally use darts. darts has many large 3rd-party dependencies of its own, most of which do not support PyPy.


Install with pip:

python3 -m pip install --user git+https://git.sr.ht/~seirdy/clogstats

Install clogstats with support for advanced time-series forecasting (no PyPy support):

python3 -m pip install --user git+https://git.sr.ht/~seirdy/clogstats#egg=clogstats[forecasting]

I recommend trying out pipx to auto-create virtual environments for Python executables and add them to your $PATH:

python3 -m pip install --user pipx
# use --system-site-packages if your distro offers packages for pandas/numpy so you don't have to build them yourself
pipx install --system-site-packages git+https://git.sr.ht/~seirdy/clogstats

#Flood mitigation

Mitigating the effects of spam and flooding continues to be an ongoing challenge. Flood mitigation measures include:

  • Merging consecutive messages from the same nick.
  • Filtering out a small list of known bot nicks. This filtering happens on a per-network basis and matches blacklisted nicks against a server name. This only works if the server names in your WeeChat configs match the server names specified by BOT_BLACKLISTS in clogstats/gather_stats.py

Planned areas of improvement for flood mitigation primarily involve filtering out messages by user-configurable per-network regular expressions and nick blacklists. I might automate generating nick blacklists with a WeeChat script that runs /msg botserv botlist on a list of IRC server buffers and saves the output to a file.

#Features and Usage

Clogstats can sort channels by their number of messages or number of non-lurkers (i.e., the number of nicks that actually sent a message). It can also display the top most active nicks for each channel.

#Time-series analysis and forecasting

Time-series modelling and forecasting requires installation with the "forecasting" dependency. Forecasts are a work in progress; as of right now, they require a lot of tuning to be accurate.

Charting channel activity in Matplotlib, comparing two different forecasts with the actual output:

Channel activity for quakenet.#anime

#Command-line stats aggregation

usage: clogstats [-h] [-d DURATION] [-n NUM] [--min-activity MIN_ACTIVITY] [--min-nicks MIN_NICKS] [--max-topwords MAX_TOPWORDS] [-s {msgs,nicks}]
                [--include-channels [INCLUDE_CHANNELS [INCLUDE_CHANNELS ...]]] [--exclude-channels [EXCLUDE_CHANNELS [EXCLUDE_CHANNELS ...]]]

Gather statistics from WeeChat log files.

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  -d DURATION, --duration DURATION
                        start analyzing messages from DURATION hours ago
  -n NUM, --num NUM     limit output to the top NUM channels
  --min-activity MIN_ACTIVITY
                        limit output to channels with at least MIN_ACTIVITY messages.
  --min-nicks MIN_NICKS
                        limit output to channels with at least MIN_NICKS nicks
  --max-topwords MAX_TOPWORDS
                        show the nicks and message counts for the MAX_TOPWORDS most active nicks
  -s {msgs,nicks}, --sort-by {msgs,nicks}
                        key to sort channels by
  --include-channels [INCLUDE_CHANNELS [INCLUDE_CHANNELS ...]]
                        only analyze these channels. format: "network.#channel"
  --exclude-channels [EXCLUDE_CHANNELS [EXCLUDE_CHANNELS ...]]
                        list of channels to exclude. format: "network.#channel"
                        disable filtering of some known bots

Print the 10 most active IRC channels from the past 24 hours that have at least 40 chatters, along with the top 4 most active nicks per channel:

clogstats -n 10 --sort-by msgs -d 24 --min-nicks 40 --max-topwords 4


Analyzing logs from 2020-05-18 15:58:14.626763 till 2020-05-19 15:58:14.626763
total messages: 33146
1.   tilde_chat.#meta         2897 63    kumquat: 417, jan6: 410, brendo: 207, ben: 130
2.   snoonet.#gnulag          2838 50    browndawg: 592, ldlework: 172, mrneon: 140, iamidly: 134
3.   freenode.##linux         2753 147   floridaman: 346, phogg: 245, rascul: 189, lukey: 85
4.   freenode.#python         2491 145   corvus-corax: 214, snoopjedi: 191, teut: 167, _habnabit: 145
5.   efnet.#lrh               2024 81    rondito: 349, jupedbird: 236, butth0le: 80, \\\\\: 77
6.   freenode.#anime          1931 53    luke-jr: 198, amigojapan: 191, emmeka: 140, butternoodle: 129
7.   ircnet.#worldchat        1233 62    kanasta: 118, flowergirl42: 104, miri: 97, klywilen: 97
8.   quakenet.#quarantine     1149 51    olli: 149, redzain_: 142, chenko: 135, `sun357: 105
9.   darkscience.#darkscience 992  44    workinggoose: 145, sun-light: 108, dijit: 76, exusser: 68
10.  rizon.#chat              953  51    dorkmund: 113, dfx: 94, irish666: 84, piba: 70

Another example: say I finished an anime episode that just came out and want to talk about it. Clogstats can filter my anime channels to just those that were active in the past 30 minutes:

clogstats -d 0.5 --sort-by msgs --min-activity 1 --include-channels \
	"freenode.##anime" "freenode.#anime" "freenode.#reddit-anime" \
	"quakenet.#anime" "rizon.#anime" "tilde_chat.#anime"


Analyzing logs from 2020-05-18 17:08:07.076732 till 2020-05-18 17:38:07.076732
total messages: 66
1.   freenode.#anime 65   11    MootPoot: 16, emmeka: 13, ButterNoodle: 13
2.   quakenet.#anime 1    1     Fanen: 1

Looks like the #anime channels on Freenode and QuakeNet are the only one with recent activity.


#Q: Is "clogstats" pronounced "see-log-stats" or "clog-stats"?

A: Yes.


Copyright (C) 2020 Rohan Kumar

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