The FAST (Forecast and Analytics of Social Media and Traffic) platform has been developed by the Qatar Computing Research Institute (@QatarComputing) in collaboration with Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish).

This is a first-of-a-kind scalable platform that produces real-time traffic predictions, including accurate forecasts of the future number of pageviews of an article.

How does it work? We collect anonymous visitor information in real-time through embedded Javascript code. This information is aggregated with signals from Twitter and Facebook. Page views data from articles older than three days is used to learn a statistical model of website traffic. This model is then used to generate predictions for new articles. Read more »

This provides guest access for testing purposes to predictions using a sample of data from Al Jazeera English. Note that some information is only visible to logged-in users.

For inquiries, including how to use this platform to predict traffic to your website, please contact Kader Lattab: