# What is correct way to count LN node stats

I am running a LN node. Set up monitoring to collect stats. Now i am wondering, how can i get correct conclusions about what collected information actually is.

My question is about forward (transaction?) count. According to my stats i had 14 settled forwards.

There are ~8350 nodes over there, my node according to 1ml.com is ~#450 in channel/capacity rank. so we can assume that i am average active node i think. so then 8350*14=116900 settled forwards over network?. i am not sure what this number mean and can we compare this to 409570 on-chain transactions for last 24 hours.

I had also some 2-3 offchain pay and 1 paid invoice which was my own node made, do i need to add the to calculation above or not?

If this completely incorrect way to count and compare transactions, please describe a correct one.

I would approach this problem a little bit differently as counting in general is pretty difficult and the assumption of being an average node is pretty strong (not to say as I lay down below probably wrong) My approach however uses also a strong (and also probably wrong) assumption though I think it is not as strong / wrong as yours.

In my video in which I lay out the math for optimizing routing fees / earnings on the lightning network I start with a probability distribution to derive an expectation value for my routing fees that I want to optimize to gain maximum routing fees.