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95th Percentile Calculations

The 95th percentile is a well-known statistical standard used to discard maximum spikes. It is based on 5 minute data samples. The calculation gathers these values every 5 minutes for the duration you select, throws away the top 5%, yielding the 95th percentile value at the beginning of the list.

The following example shows how the 95th percentile is calculated for a 10 hour work day from 8 am to 6 pm (600 minutes).

  1. Over the 10 hours, the following 120 values were collected for inbound traffic (Mb/s):

    0.149 0.623 0.281 0.136 0.024 0.042 0.097 0.185 0.198 0.243 0.274 0.390 0.971 0.633 0.238 0.142 0.119 0.176 0.131 0.127 0.169 0.223 0.291 0.236 0.124 0.072 0.197 0.105 0.138 0.233 0.374 0.290 0.871 0.433 0.248 0.242 0.169 0.116 0.121 0.427 0.249 0.223 0.231 0.336 0.014 0.442 0.197 0.125 0.108 0.244 0.264 0.190 0.471 0.033 0.228 0.942 0.219 0.076 0.331 0.227 0.849 0.323 0.221 0.196 0.223 0.642 0.197 0.385 0.098 0.263 0.174 0.690 0.571 0.233 0.208 0.242 0.139 0.186 0.331 0.124 0.249 0.643 0.481 0.936 0.124 0.742 0.497 0.085 0.398 0.643 0.074 0.590 0.771 0.833 0.438 0.242 0.092 0.376 0.231 0.627 0.249 0.663 0.181 0.636 0.224 0.342 0.697 0.285 0.108 0.211 0.074 0.490 0.271 0.133 0.338 0.242 0.519 0.376 0.331 0.227

  2. The values are reordered from high to low:

    0.971 0.942 0.936 0.871 0.849 0.833 0.771 0.742 0.697 0.690 0.663 0.643 0.643 0.642 0.636 0.633 0.627 0.623 0.590 0.571 0.519 0.497 0.490 0.481 0.471 0.442 0.438 0.433 0.427 0.398 0.390 0.385 0.376 0.376 0.374 0.342 0.338 0.336 0.331 0.331 0.331 0.323 0.291 0.290 0.285 0.281 0.274 0.271 0.264 0.263 0.249 0.249 0.249 0.248 0.244 0.243 0.242 0.242 0.242 0.242 0.238 0.236 0.233 0.233 0.231 0.231 0.228 0.227 0.227 0.224 0.223 0.223 0.223 0.221 0.219 0.211 0.208 0.198 0.197 0.197 0.197 0.196 0.190 0.186 0.185 0.181 0.176 0.174 0.169 0.169 0.149 0.142 0.139 0.138 0.136 0.133 0.131 0.127 0.125 0.124 0.124 0.124 0.121 0.119 0.116 0.108 0.108 0.105 0.098 0.097 0.092 0.085 0.076 0.074 0.074 0.072 0.042 0.033 0.024 0.014

  3. The first 6 values are dropped, as these equal the top 5% of the values:

    0.771 0.742 0.697 0.690 0.663 0.643 0.643 0.642 0.636 0.633 0.627 0.623 0.590 0.571 0.519 0.497 0.490 0.481 0.471 0.442 0.438 0.433 0.427 0.398 0.390 0.385 0.376 0.376 0.374 0.342 0.338 0.336 0.331 0.331 0.331 0.323 0.291 0.290 0.285 0.281 0.274 0.271 0.264 0.263 0.249 0.249 0.249 0.248 0.244 0.243 0.242 0.242 0.242 0.242 0.238 0.236 0.233 0.233 0.231 0.231 0.228 0.227 0.227 0.224 0.223 0.223 0.223 0.221 0.219 0.211 0.208 0.198 0.197 0.197 0.197 0.196 0.190 0.186 0.185 0.181 0.176 0.174 0.169 0.169 0.149 0.142 0.139 0.138 0.136 0.133 0.131 0.127 0.125 0.124 0.124 0.124 0.121 0.119 0.116 0.108 0.108 0.105 0.098 0.097 0.092 0.085 0.076 0.074 0.074 0.072 0.042 0.033 0.024 0.014

  4. The 95th percentile is 0.771.

Display percentile lines in resources

By default, you can hide or show 95th percentile lines in traffic, CPU load, memory and response time charts. To be able to hide/show percentile lines in charts, make sure percentile calculations are enabled, and the correct percentile value specified:

  1. Log in to the Orion Web Console as an administrator.
  2. Click Settings > All Settings > Web Console Settings.
  3. Under Chart Settings, provide the value for the percentile you want to see in charts. The default value for percentile calculations is 95.

You can now display percentile lines in charts.

 
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