# [RC5] Can someone explain the graph pattern?

Jim C. Nasby nasby at enteract.com
Fri Apr 24 21:12:54 EDT 1998

```Steve-
Well, you're close... :) The peaks actually occur on Monday, not Sunday, and
they do represent Monday data
(there's no real lag). Although we're not 100% certain, our guess is that
this is due to machines at people's businesses that crack over the weekend
but have no network connection durring that time.

What I find more interesting is the almost exact linear growth we've had for
the past several weeks... if you only look at the Monday data anyway... :)

Mooo!
dB!

Steve Bennett wrote:

> Hi all,
> I was just looking at the nice graph at
> http://www.distributed.net/statistics/ and thought the pattern formed
> was quite interesting. It's a bit hard to tell, but it seems the graph
> is roughly cyclical every 7 days, with a peak about Sunday.  Then it
> seems to slow down progressively during the week, with the low point
> being about Saturday, before it peaks again.
>
> First: am I interepreting the graphs correctly?
> Second: What causes this pattern? I can sort of understand the weekend
> having an effect, but why is Sunday the peak?  Does the time for the
> stats servers to receive data and create the graph mean the real peak is
> Saturday? And, why is each day progressively slower, with perhaps
> Wednesday being a plateau?
>
> Just intriguing, that's all.
>
> Steve
>
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> Steve Bennett, stevage at earthling.net
>
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