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The percentile is the average value of a series using only the smaller N percentile of the values. (a population or a probability distribution).

Netdata applies linear interpolation on the last point, if the percentile requested does not give a round number of points.

The following percentile aliases are defined:

  • percentile25
  • percentile50
  • percentile75
  • percentile80
  • percentile90
  • percentile95
  • percentile97
  • percentile98
  • percentile99

The default percentile is an alias for percentile95. Any percentile may be requested using the group_options query parameter.

how to use

Use it in alerts like this:

 alarm: my_alert
on: my_chart
lookup: percentile95 -1m unaligned of my_dimension
warn: $this > 1000

percentile does not change the units. For example, if the chart units is requests/sec, the result will be again expressed in the same units.

It can also be used in APIs and badges as &group=percentile in the URL and the additional parameter group_options may be used to request any percentile (e.g. &group=percentile&group_options=96).


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