[mrtg] Re: 95th percentile?

Larry Sheldon lsheldon at creighton.edu
Mon Sep 27 15:30:58 MEST 1999

> > Giving this some more thought, I'm a little unclear on the 
> > current 5-minute
> > MRTG graphs...Do the 5-minute graphs show peaks, or are they 
> > showing an
> > average?  
> Technically its a rate, not an average.  Its not created by taking multiple
> polls, its ONE poll.

I am not a statistician, I don't even play one anywhere.

I think Ken is close, but my understanding is that it is actually the average
rate over the "5-minute" period--the arithmetic is I believe is something like
the number of bytes counted in the "5-minute" period divided by the number of
seconds in the period.

I put "5-minute" in quotes because I think MRTG records the actual time-stamp
for the sample, and given the vagaries of computers and such, the next
sample is not going to be exactly five minutes later.
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