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Time Spent per Visits(seconds) vs Total Seconds Spent / (Visit - Bounce)


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I'm comparing the metric "Time Spent per Visits (Seconds)" with the calculated metric "Total Seconds spent / (Visit - Bounce)


I understand that these two metrics cannot have the same result because the visits in the calculated metric include some of the visits that do not have the timestamp values. Thus, I created a segment : Visit container where time spent per visit - granular is greater than 0. By applying this segment to the calculated metric, I could get the same result between the two metrics. 


However, if I add the dimension to the metrics, they again show different result. Why? Can anyone kindly advise? Thank you so much!





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Without being able to fiddle with the workspace table myself my best attempt at answering this is that

the column on the left is resulting in Total Seconds Spent / Visit because all of the bounces are getting excluded by so the segment "time spent per visit > 0", which makes sense because there are not two hits to calculate time spent for in the case of a bounce.

resulting in Total Seconds Spent/ Visit which is the same as the metric on the right column.

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The remaining discrepancies are due to the difference in calculation between Total Seconds Spent which is a hit based metric, and Time Spent Per Visit which is a visit based metric. The visit based metric is going to attribute to each page in the visit linearly, from what I understand of the documentation. Whereas the total Seconds Spent is on a hit to hit level, so it will be a more granular attribution of time. 

I hope that helps clear up some of the confusion