Santiment Dashboards: Metrics Overview


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On-chain metrics:

  1. DAA (Daily Active Addresses)

For a video breakdown of this metric, click here.

The DAA graph shows the number of unique network addresses involved in transactions on a certain date. Simply put, DAA indicates the daily level of crowd interaction (or speculation) with a certain token.

One potential use case for DAA is identifying the tops. Let’s look at an example:

This is a DAA graph for Zilliqa, an ERC-20 project that aims to make blockchains faster and more scalable.

As you can see, there’s been a giant spike in daily active addresses at the beginning of May, coinciding with the price rally. But it only lasted a few days, followed by a rapid decline in price.

A huge spike in DAA can indicate that the interest in a project - both speculative and otherwise - has peaked.

If the increased network activity proves unsustainable over the coming days, it could signal an impending downward trend.


  1. Network Growth

For a video breakdown of this metric, click here.

Network Growth shows the number of new addresses being created on the network each day.

Essentially, this chart illustrates user adoption over time, and can be used to identify when the project is gaining - or losing - traction.

Here’s a Network Growth graph for Aragon, which lets anyone create and manage a decentralized organization on Ethereum.

Between February and December of 2017, the Aragon network grew by 85-750 new addresses each day, and the price loyally followed.

Then, right around the start of 2018, the network growth slowly began to throttle. It indicated that the Aragon user base was already quite deep, and wouldn’t be able to sustain future price growth.

What happened since speaks for itself.


  1. Token Age Consumed + Average Token Age Consumed in Days

For a video breakdown of these two metrics, click here.

  • Token Age Consumed

This graph shows the amount of tokens changing addresses on a certain date, multiplied by the number of blocks created on the blockchain since they last moved.

Spikes on the graph signal a large amount of tokens moving after being idle for an extended period of time.

One potential use case for this metric is identifying when big market players exit the project post ICO. Let’s look at an example:

Here’s the Token Age Consumed graph for Golem, an ERC-20 project that lets you rent other people’s computing power.

We can easily spot several significant spikes over time: each could be a large early investor selling their tokens, which commonly results in a parallel price decline.

  • Average Token Age Consumed (in Days)

This graph shows the average number of days that the tokens were idle before being moved on a certain date.

While Token Age Consumed measures the ‘idleness’ in blocks created, this graph does it in days passed since the last time said token moved.


  1. Exchange Flow Balance + Exchange Flow

For a video breakdown of these two metrics, click here.

  • Exchange Flow Balance

Exchange Flow Balance shows the combined values of tokens moving in and out of exchange wallets on a certain date.

If the value is positive on said date, more of a particular token entered the exchanges than left, and vice versa.

It’s not uncommon for large inflows of tokens to the exchange to precede rapid price growth.

Here’s that exact scenario in case of aeternity, a blockchain platform that enables scalable smart contracts:

  • Exchange Flow

The Exchange Flow graph shows the amount of inflow and outflow plotted separately.

Red spikes show tokens exiting exchange wallets; blue spikes show them moving in.


  1. Transaction Volume

For a video breakdown of Transaction Volume and Token Velocity, click here.

This graph shows the aggregate amount of tokens across all transactions that happened on the network on a certain date.

A spike in transaction volume either signals:

  1. large amount of tokens moving, or
  2. large number of transactions

While not as strong of a price indicator as some other metrics in our suite, Transaction Volume can still be used for thorough mid-term analysis, or in tandem with other indicators.

Here’s the trx volume graph for Basic Attention Token (BAT), a decentralized ad network:

The per-day graph is still a bit noisy, so let’s smooth it out with a 7-day moving average (done with 1 click in our Dashboards):

As you can see, the correlation between price and trx volume can both be evident and strenuous at different times.

That said, the metric remains a strong complementary signal in any serious trading analysis.


  1. Token Velocity

For a video breakdown of Transaction Volume and Token Velocity, click here.

This graph shows the average number of times that a token changes wallets each day.

Simply put, a higher token velocity means that a token is used in transactions more often within a set time frame.

Token Velocity can be used to explain various noteworthy events in the life of a project. For example, here’s Ethereum:

Notice the steep drop off?

The increased activity (and subsequent dip) correlates squarely to a huge ETH mixer that operated between March 2017 and March 2018.

Once the mixer was liquidated, token velocity toppled back to ‘normal’ levels, where it’s remained ever since.


  1. Token Circulation

Token Circulation shows the spread of idle tokens over time. In other words, this graph indicates how many tokens are being hodled, and for how long, on a particular date.

The Token Circulation graph might seem overly complicated at first, but don’t fret! It’s actually pretty simple:

  1. The green line shows the token price.

  2. Other colors show the # of tokens that last moved in specific ‘buckets’ of time:

Dark Red (<1d) = tokens that moved in the last 24hrs (basically daily token circulation)

Maroon (1d-1w) = tokens that last moved between 1 day and 1 week

Orange (1w-1m) = tokens that last moved between 1 week and 1 month

…and so on.

For example, here’s the Token Circulation graph for Zilliqa, starting from the project launch in January 2018, until today:

Notice how all tokens, naturally, start off in dark red (<1d), and eventually move to other ‘time buckets’.

You can see the biggest share of Ziliqa tokens are currently colored light purple (6-12m), meaning they haven’t moved between 6-12 months (many of them likely from the project launch.)

How can you use Token Circulation?

Token circulation can be used to track large amounts of tokens moving after being idle for some time. One potential use case can be identifying when big market players exit the project post ICO.

For example, here’s a Token Circulation graph for Golem (GNT), from June 2018 till now:

We can spot a curious event on July 17th, 2018, which correlated with a huge price dip from which Golem never really recovered.

On that day, there was a spike in the dark red (<1d) time bucket, meaning that certain tokens have gone from ‘idle’ to ‘active’. There was a corresponding dip in the top, pale yellow (18m-24m) bucket, indicating those are the tokens that moved.

We can confirm this by analyzing the differences in time buckets on July 16th and July 17th:

As we can see, ~120 million GNT that were idle between 18 and 24 months (many since the project launch) have moved on June 17th (and have therefore now entered the <1d bucket). This might indicate a large early investor selling their tokens, which commonly results in a parallel price decline.


8-11. Deposit Metrics

What are deposits?

When you transfer coins to an exchange, 2 transactions occur:

  1. From the user wallet to a temporary wallet, created by an exchange

  2. From the temporary wallet to the main exchange wallet

We call these temporary wallets deposits or deposit addresses.

Deposit addresses can help:

  • Spot dump preparations
  • Analyze the level of speculative interest in a project
  • Estimate different tokenomic models
  • Much more

We’ve created 4 deposit-related metrics, each approaching the exchange deposits from a different, unique angle:

  • Daily Active Deposits
  • Share of daily active deposits in daily active addresses
  • Deposit-related transactions
  • Share of deposit-related transactions in total network transactions
  1. Daily Active Deposits (DAD)

Daily active deposits (DAD) shows the number of unique deposit addresses that have been active on a particular day.

One potential use case for DAD can be to spot a dump preparation. For example, here’s the DAD graph for REP (Augur’s native coin) for the last 6 months:

We can see a massive spike in daily active deposits on January 15th as the price of REP begin to rally, followed by a notable plunge several days later.

Here are a few more example of spikes in DAD preceding a dump:

  1. Wings - 4 notable spikes in daily active deposits in the last 6 months, followed by a price dip.

  1. Maker - 3 notable spikes in daily active deposits in the last 6 months, followed by a price dip.


  1. Share of Daily Active Deposits in Total Daily Active Addresses (SDD)

This graph calculates the share of daily active deposits (DAD) in the total number of daily active addresses (DAA).

The idea behind this metric is to serve as a quick-glance indicator of the speculative interest in a particular coin. The bigger the % of daily active deposits in daily active addresses, the more people are using the coin for trading rather than whatever its proposed utility - and vice versa.

Compared to daily active deposits, Share of Daily Active Deposits is designed as more of a long-term indicator. So far, we found it to be much more useful for a wall-to-wall retrospective or comparative analysis.

For example, let’s compare the SDD for a couple of different projects: 0x and Bancor

Save for a few notable spikes, 0x has exhibited a relatively stable share of Daily Active Deposits in DAA for the last 18 months. On average, the network’s SDD stands at 15.5% for the observed time frame.

Bancor’s SDD, on the other hand, is a fair bit more volatile, ranging from an average of 20% at the end of 2017 to just ~5% for the last 30 days. This tells us that the coin’s being traded less than it used to be, at least relative to the number of total daily active addresses on the network.

This decline in relative speculative interest indicates a growing maturity of the network: nowadays, Bancor seems to be used more often for its primary (utility) purpose.


  1. Deposit-related Transactions

Deposit-related Transactions shows the total number of all incoming and outcoming transactions involving deposit addresses on a particular day.

This metric can also be used as a long-term indicator of the level of speculative interest in a network.

For example, the graph for Maker (MKR) clearly shows a steady increase in the total number of deposit-related transactions over time, and especially in the past few weeks. In other words, the speculative interest in Maker seems to be blooming.

Deposit-related transactions can also be valuable when used in conjunction with Exchange Inflow.

For example, an increase in exchange inflow but a plateauing number of deposit-related transactions means that more coins are entering the exchanges, even though the number of transactions to exchanges remains the same. In other words, the average deposit size has increased.


  1. Share of Deposit-related Transactions in Total Transactions (SDT)

This metric shows the share of deposit-related transactions in the total number of transactions on a network.

SDT is particularly useful when combined with Daily Active Deposits and their share in total daily active addresses (SDD).

For example, it could be the case that a relatively small number of deposit addresses generates a disproportionately large amount of transactions on the network. Or vice versa – a large number of deposit addresses generate a relatively small amount of network transactions, indicating that a token is used predominantly for its utility.

The former seems to be the case with REP. If we look at Augur over the last 6 months, we’d find just 30% of deposit addresses (on average) responsible for 50% of all network transactions:

Avg share of daily active deposits in DAA over the last 6 months (SDD) = 30%

Avg share of Deposit-related transactions over the last 6 months = 50%

We see another peculiar case with OmiseGo, where the number of daily active deposits over the last 6 months remained stable, but the share of deposit-related transactions significantly increased.

This means that non-deposit addresses now account for comparatively less transactions, which may indicate a steady rise of speculative interest in the OMG network:

Steady number of Daily Active Deposits over the last 6 months (minus that huge spike)

A gradual increase in share of deposit-related transactions over the last 6 months


  1. Top 100 Transactions in a defined time frame

Finally, the last dashboard catalogues the top 100 transactions in a desired time frame, including:

  1. Time of the transaction
  2. Transaction Value
  3. Sender address
  4. Recipient address
  5. Transaction hash

You can adjust the time frame in the upper right corner, or simply by selecting a relevant portion of a(ny) graph, by dragging your mouse cursor from the preferred start date to the preferred end date.


  1. Realized Value

The realized value graph shows the acquisition cost of a crypto asset over time, or the total amount all market participants spent to buy said asset.

This graph is also known as realized cap, and has recently been proposed as an alternative to traditional market cap.

Realized value has several benefits over the traditional market cap:

  1. It helps eliminate some of the lost, unused or unclaimed coins from total value calculations.
  2. It indicates the points at which groups of long-term hodlers entered into their positions, ignoring short-term hype and FUD

Realized cap is most insightful when compared to the total market cap, which is shown in the MVRV ratio below.

(Note: While the Realized Cap was initially designed for UTXO-based blockchains like Bitcoin, we at Santiment have developed a novel approach to extend the metric to account-based blockchains like Ethereum as well. You can read more about our methodology here.)

Out Realized Cap for Bitcoin can be found here.

Our Realized Cap for Ethereum and ERC-20 projects can be found here (you can select a specific ERC-20 project from the ‘Project’ dropdown menu).


  1. MVRV

MVRV (Market Value - Realized Value) ratio shows the relation between an asset’s total market cap and realized cap (see above).

It is calculated by dividing the market cap by realized cap on a daily basis. In doing so, we can get an estimate of how overvalued or undervalued an asset currently is.

For example, if the current BTC market cap is $8b and the realized cap is $4b, the MVRV ratio = 2. That means that, on average, each participant would make 2x profits if he liquidated his Bitcoin position at that moment. The more this ratio increases, the more people will be willing to sell their assets and take profits, so the sell pressure increases.

If MVRV is below 1, on the other hand, (i.e. if realized cap > market cap), then the market is “undervalued” on average, and most people will be realizing losses if they sold their BTC holdings.

According to some, extreme values on both ends of the MVRV spectrum can present an opportune time to accumulate a crypto asset.

(Note: While the MVRV ratio was initially designed for UTXO-based blockchains like Bitcoin, we at Santiment have developed a novel approach to extend the MVRV metric to account-based blockchains like Ethereum as well. You can read more about our methodology here.)

Out MVRV ratio for Bitcoin can be found here.

Our MVRV ratio for Ethereum and ERC-20 projects can be found here (you can select a specific ERC-20 project from the ‘Project’ dropdown menu).


  1. NVT

The Network Value-to-Transaction ratio is an asset valuation metric similar to the P/E ratio traditionally used in equity markets to gauge a stock’s growth potential.

The P/E or Price-to-Earnings ratio is calculated by dividing the company’s current price per share with its earnings per share. A high P/E could mean a stock’s price is high relative to its earnings and therefore possibly overvalued. Conversely, a low P/E might indicate that the current stock price is low relative to earnings and possibly undervalued.

As crypto assets are not companies we don’t know their earnings, so Transaction Volume is often used as a proxy for the blockchain’s underlying value.

As such, the typical formula for NVT = Daily Market Cap / Daily Transaction Volume

Since Daily Trx Volume gets rather noisy and often includes duplicate transactions, it’s not an ideal measure of a network’s economic activity. That’s why at Santiment we calculate NVT using Daily Trx Volume, but also by using Daily Token Circulation instead, which filters out excess transactions and provides a cleaner overview of a blockchain’s daily transaction throughput. You’ll find both approaches plotted on the graph and can choose which one you prefer.

As with P/E, a high NVT indicates that an asset’s network valuation is higher than the value being transmitted on the network. In other words, the network is expensive relative to how much value it moves, signaling a potentially overvalued asset.

Conversely, a low NVT denotes an asset that is cheaper per unit of on-chain transaction volume, signaling a potentially undervalued asset.

NVT is often used as a long-term indicator of an asset’s price trends, rather than a day-to-day valuation metric.

Out NVT ratio for Bitcoin can be found here.

Our NVT ratio for Ethereum and ERC-20 projects can be found here (you can select a specific ERC-20 project from the ‘Project’ dropdown menu).


Developer Activity

Developer (or Github) activity aims to show a project’s investment in coding manpower over time.

Why is this important?

A developer’s time is a relatively expensive resource (especially in crypto), so high dev activity implies that:

  1. The project is serious about its business proposition
  2. The project will likely ship new features in the future
  3. It’s less likely that the project is just an exit scam

Simply put, Dev Activity can be used to gauge a project’s commitment to creating a working product, and continuously polishing and upgrading its features.

Dev Activity graph for Basic Attention Token

We measure dev activity differently than most.

Most data aggregators track the number of Github commits, an unfortunate solution that returns skewed data.

At Santiment, we implemented a more reliable approach – tracking the number of Github events that the project generates. Our custom method dramatically improves both accuracy and serviceability of Github data.

If you want to learn more about the difference - and the benefits of our bespoke approach - I highly suggest this piece by Valentin, our CTO.

Dev Activity as a Trading Strategy

While not common, Dev Activity can also be used as a novel trading strategy. A few months back, we tested a portfolio of only the top ERC20 projects by dev activity, refreshed each month.

We backtested the strategy from August 2017 to October 2018. The portfolio turned a profit, but didn’t beat hodling BTC overall.

However, our portfolio was also more volatile than hodling over time, registering significantly larger tops in January and May of 2018. If you were to sell at one of those intersections instead, our Github portfolio would in fact be the winner.


As a custom metric, dev activity can help you understand a project’s dedication to its product, and in turn - its end users.

Social Metrics

  1. Topic Search

Our custom tool lets you search for any term or phrase, and see how often it’s mentioned on crypto-specific social channels, including:

  • Over 300 different Telegram group
  • Over 300 crypto subreddits
  • Discord channels
  • BitcoinTalk
  • Private trader chats hidden from Google search
  • … and more to be added

The results can be plotted over the price of BTC, ETH, or any other coin in our database.

For example, back in September, Ripple (XRP) announced several strategic partnerships which got people re-excited about the project.

Here’s what happens when you search for ‘xrp OR ripple’ in Topic Search (OR is a search modifier - in this case, it lets you search for all messages mentioning either xrp or ripple):

We can clearly spot a large spike in social chatter surrounding Ripple in late September, which coincides thoroughly with XRP’s price rally.


  1. Relative Social Dominance

These dashboards show the relative social volumes for a set of crypto assets. The social dominance is measured across 3 different social channels:

  1. Professional trader chats
  2. Telegram groups
  3. Discord groups

SImply put, whichever token/project commands the most space on the graph is the most talked-about asset at the time:

Per the above graph, almost 70% of social chatter on October 15th revolved around Bitcoin (the massive orange area at the bottom of the graph).

However, only 2 days later, the discussion has moved on:

Bitcoin’s ‘social share’ plunged to just 30%, with another project - Stellar (the blue area near the top) - quickly stealing the spotlight.

That’s how Relative Social Dominance can help you spot the community’s hottest ‘talking points’ - and where the conversation is headed next.


  1. Social Data Feed

This dashboard lets you enter any term, and lists all comments and messages containing said term across multiple social channels, including:

  • Telegram groups
  • Crypto subreddits
  • Crypto Twitter accounts
  • Specialized Discord groups

As an example, here’s what happens when you search for ‘XRP’:

Needless to say, the potential use cases here are limitless.


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