According to Chitika, the iPad has recovered somewhat from its post-Christmas dip

By Philip Elmer-DeWitt
February 6, 2013
February 06, 2013

FORTUNE — There was some consternation among Apple AAPL investors in early January when the Chitika Ad Network — which sells data about the online activities of hundreds of millions of users to its advertising clients — published a version of the chart at right. It showed the iPad’s share of North American tablet Web traffic dropping 7.14% in the days after Christmas as people who were gifted Amazon AMZN Kindle Fires and Samsung Galaxy Tablets plugged their new toys into the Internet.

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The chart above, released Tuesday, puts Chitika’s dip into better perspective and suggests that the iPad’s Web traffic share has, to some extent, bounced back from its post-Christmas lows. Not all the way to the 86% it enjoyed before the holidays, but better than the 78.86% Chitika measured between Dec. 25 and Dec. 27.

For fans of the Holt-Winters method for time-series forecasting, Chitika has published a white paper validating its post-Christmas findings. SeeĀ Analyzing Tablet Usage Share During the December 2012 Holiday Season.

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