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Instances

The 'Instances' metric shows the number of times a dimension was explicitly defined in an image request. Some dimensions, such as eVars , persist dimension values past the hit they are set on. This metric is useful when you want to see the number of times a dimension value was set without the hits where that value persisted.

How this metric is calculated

Out of all hits in a report suite, only include hits that explicitly set a dimension value in the image request. Some dimensions, such as eVars , persist beyond the hit they are set on. Metrics like Page views and Occurrences count both initial and persisted values. This metric does not count persisted values.