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How to interpret SharePoint’s view count managed properties (like “ViewsLast1Days”)?

Have you ever wondered, how SharePoint’s Managed Properties for Usage & Analytics info actually work? There are all these nice properties available for getting view counts for different items in SharePoint’s search index, but they all seem to act like crazy. Plus they are sometimes pretty nonsensical… And not very well documented! In this post I’ll try to make some sense on how you can use them in programmatic scenarios. Read on… Update 12.3.2019: I’ve updated the post based on a lot of empirical research […]