Crypto-Economics Explorer – Glossary

Terms, methodology and data sources for each category and factor for the Crypto-Economic Explorer

Crypto-Economics Explorer


Last Updated: November 2018

– Released CoinDesk’s new visual tool “Crypto-Economics Explorer” –

– Released 22 new Cryptocurrency Price Index pages and updated price indices on the sidebar –

Note that the new pricing pages follow the above link format, add the coin name to the end to access individual coin pages (e.g.


Welcome! CoinDesk’s Crypto-Economics Explorer aggregates data points across the industry to measure the size and opportunity of crypto markets. In addition to price and market cap, CoinDesk’s explorer provides users with a comprehensive way to view the crypto-economic forces that shape an asset’s market maturity, growth, and potential.


Our measurements are segmented into five categories: Price, Exchange, Network, Social, and Developer. Each of these contain individual factors that are used to calculate a total score for each category. Taken together, these factors enable a user to compare the crypto-economics of an asset against another.

The scores for each category are calculated for comparative purposes only, and not to be confused with absolute values. Scores are relative to one another, and thus is similar to the dominance index or market share measures.

The raw value for each sub-factor is divided by the sum of all coins’ sub-factor raw value. This produces a percentage share for each factor across the coins. Those percentages are multiplied by a weight placed on each sub-factor. Those adjusted percentage values are then added to total the category score to produce the BTC-relative category score. The result would be a series of scores benchmarked to bitcoin and bitcoin having 100 percent in each category.

In conclusion, raw values are converted to their percentages share with a sub-factor group, weighted, added into a category score, and relativized to bitcoin.