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How can I get this graph:

(from Speeding up StackExchange)

It shows what percentage of web requests took longer than N seconds. I have IIS logs and LogParser installed but not sure how to proceed.

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This is how you can do it with LogParser and Excel:

Step 1 Create the following query and save it as "Time taken graph.sql":

SELECT QUANTIZE(time-taken, 100) AS t, COUNT(*) as count
INTO 'Time-taken-graph.csv'
FROM u_ex*.log GROUP BY t

Step 2 Run the query and export results to CSV file:

LogParser.exe file:"Time taken graph.sql"

Step 3 Open CSV file in Excel. I will use Excel 2010 as example.
Let's say your data sits in A1:B401 range:

Initial data

Put "Time" in D1 cell. Put "Percent" in E1 cell. Fill time in D column with series starting from 0 to 5 with step 0.1:

time series

Step 4 Put the following formula into E2 cell (you will need to replace 401 with your value):



Copy the formula to all cells in E column that have corresponding time value. Set style to Percent by pressing Ctrl+Shift+%

Step 5 Finally, build line graph based on the data in D and C columns: Graph

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When doing anything like this I use Perl to read the data (most commonly stored in a database) to create the charts in Excel. A bit of searching should turn up a number of articles on how to go about it. –  John Gardeniers Apr 22 '10 at 8:32
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I wrote a python program to generate that graph using the logs generated by our load balancer and flot to draw the actual graph.

I went through a couple of iterations before I decided on that graph:

  • I started with a scatter plot (response time versus time of day) which is informative in it's own right, good for getting a good feel for the shape and variance of your traffic even if it's not particularly good for communication.

  • Then I tried a histogram, which wasn't particularly useful because of the high variance.

  • Finally I ended up with this which is based on a histogram, but is cumulative and inverted.

I'd post the code but it is so specific to what I was doing that it isn't going to help anybody. So here's an approximation of the core function:

def point(times, cutoff):
        times: sorted list of response times
        0 <= cutoff < 1

    size = int(len(times) * cutoff)
    return (times[cutoff], 1 - cutoff)

You then plot the (x, y) coordinates as cutoff ranges over [0,1[ using your favourite plotting library.

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