[RC5] Can someone explain the graph pattern?
Jim C. Nasby
nasby at enteract.com
Fri Apr 24 21:12:54 EDT 1998
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... :)
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 Bennett, stevage at earthling.net
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