Know your data: The stats behind your alerts

Quick, what’s the difference between the mean, the mode and the median? Do you need a Gaussian or a normal distribution And does your choice impact the alerts and observations you get from your observability tools?

Come get refreshed on the impact some basic choices in statistical behavior can have on what gets triggered. Learn why a median might be the choice for historical anomaly or sudden change. Jump into Gaussian distributions, data alignment challenges, and the trouble with sampling. Walk out with a deeper understanding of your metrics and what they might tell you.


  • Dave McAllister
    Dave McAllister

    Currently providing technical OSS insights for NGINX, Dave talks about the advantages of microservices and orchestration to solve distributed systems challenges, especially with open source. Dave has been a champion for open systems and open source from the early days of Linux to today’s world of clouds and containers. He often speaks on topics associated with emerging software architectures and practices, on observability and on how open source innovations power today’s world.


Nov 08 2023


14:00 - 14:30