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Users vs. Users (Deprecated) Metrics

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When creating a Custom Report, I am able to choose between two 'Users' metrics. Their definitions are the same, but one is followed by '(Deprecated)'.

 

The 'Deprecated' version has a much higher number for total monthly users on my site. Why is there such a large discrepancy?

 

I was able to find this forum post on the issue: https://www.en.advertisercommunity.com/t5/Google-Analytics-Filters/Users-Deprecated/m-p/607178/highl..., but it does not fully explain the change in definition. Furthermore, the old productforums link does not work in the post.

 

The ga:visitors event does not have a definition in the API, either: https://developers.google.com/analytics/devguides/reporting/core/dimsmets#view=detail&group=user&jum...

 

Any clarification on the difference between these two metrics would be incredibly helpful. Thank you.

Users vs. Users (Deprecated) Metrics

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Users vs. Users (Deprecated) Metrics

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I think I understand GA's definition of deprecation. I see in the changelog that ga:visitors was deprecated and replaced by ga:users.

 

However, there isn't a good explanation of the difference between these two metrics. I would like to know why my website's ga:users sum over a 30 day period is about 30% lower than the ga:visitors sum over the same period.