Median

The median is the value separating the higher half from the lower half of a data sample (a population or a probability distribution). For a data set, it may be thought of as the “middle” value.

median is not an accurate average. However, it eliminates all spikes, by sorting all the values in a period, and selecting the value in the middle of the sorted array.

how to use

Use it in alarms like this:

 alarm: my_alarm
    on: my_chart
lookup: median -1m unaligned of my_dimension
  warn: $this > 1000

median does not change the units. For example, if the chart units is requests/sec, the result will be again expressed in the same units.

It can also be used in APIs and badges as &group=median in the URL.

Examples

Examining last 1 minute successful web server responses:

References

analytics