|Unit 3/1 – How Google Analytics works|
The Google Analytics Academy started a new course (March 11th 2014) called “Google Analytics Platform Principles“. Though not required, it is recommended completing the “Digital Analytics Fundamentals” course on Analytics Academy before beginning this course:
The first part of the third lesson provides some insights to how Google Analytics works.
It consists of four major parts data collection, configuration, data processing and reporting.
Collecting data from mobile apps works by using device specific methods. Instead of tracking page views, certain “activities” are monitored which need to be handled by the device. If a device is not online all the time, activities can be cached and are dispatched when the device reconnects to the Internet.
At Google the data is processed, e.g. by categorizing certain information like the type of the device.
Depending on your configuration, filters – to include or exclude certain types of data – are applied and finally the data is stored in a database.
Reports can be accessed via the web interface or via the Core Reporting API.