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Bounce rate varies for hit segments vs dimension values

Level 4
Level 4

My org has had a few instances of URL paths and/or page names changing globally, so I rely a lot on hit-level segments to replace dimension tables. Something I've noticed is that entries, and therefore bounce rate, does not act as expected in this scenario. When I use a segment that is hit-based with simple (URL = xx or URL = xx2) to combine the pre- and post-change URLs, it gives entries = visits. Looking at the same URLs in a dimension table, the entries is equal to the number of entries on that URL. 

I understand the mechanics behind why this is happening, technically each occurrence of URL = xx did have an entry, but that's not the entry I'm looking for if I'm using a hit-based segment. This behavior feels off to me and I'm wondering if (aside from creating my own bounce rate metric that doesn't rely on entries) there's a solution or workaround.



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Level 5
Level 5

@_bel_ ,

The segment you created is on Hit level but the Entries metric works on Visit level. So let's say the segment you created with definition evar1=Citizen(Hit level). if you apply Entries metric next to this segment it will show the all the values of that evar for that particular visit.





Breakdown segment with the dimension used in the segment:


Here you can see all the values of the visit when evar1 was set as Citizen as an Entry.

Level 4
Level 4

Thank you @vibhatna, as mentioned I do understand what is happening. I am saying this does not seem like expected (or desired) behavior for a hit-based segment. A hit-based segment should report the same analytics metrics as that dimension itself in a table. 

I am also asking if there is a solution to report entries/bounce rate for hit segments, given this behavior is not what I need.