We've got the following search:
tag=PeopleCounters earliest=-13mon@mon latest=@mon date_month=March | chart sum(count) as Traffic by date_year
This winds up looking great, giving us two bars -- one each for a month, year over year (e.g., March 2017 vs. March 2018).
date_year Traffic 2017 109113 2018 126805
However, we want the date_month in the search to be variable so that we can put this in a dashboard panel, so the search only pulls data that happened in March (or next month, April).
Suggestions on how to evaluate what the name of the previous month was and embed that into the search?
@aaron_sakovich, try the following dashboard. It uses a dummy search to set the previous month as token to be used in the base search of your query. This way you will be filtering
date_month as previous month in your base search itself. This would run faster as in your current search you are pulling last 13 months data and then filtering 2 months data afterward.
<dashboard> <label>Filter records for previous month over year</label> <search> <query>| makeresults | eval prevMonth=lower(strftime(relative_time(_time,"-1mon@d"),"%B")) | fields - _time </query> <progress> <set token="tokPrevMonth">$result.prevMonth$</set> </progress> </search> <row> <panel> <title>Previous Month: $tokPrevMonth$</title> <table> <search> <query>tag=PeopleCounters date_month="$tokPrevMonth$" | chart count as Traffic by date_year</query> <earliest>-13mon@mon</earliest> <latest>@mon</latest> </search> <option name="refresh.display">progressbar</option> </table> </panel> </row> </dashboard>
Please try out and confirm.
Okay, so you have two different items here - the search time range, and the year-over-year comparison.
This gets you all the data for the last 24 months.
<search id="monthbase"> <query> tag=PeopleCounters | eval month_num=strftime(_time,"%m") | stats max(date_month) as date_month sum(count) as Traffic by date_year month_num </query> <earliest>-24mon@mon</earliest> <latest>@mon</latest> </search>
The above search gives you a nice little table that has this layout.
| table date_year month_num date_month Traffic You do not need the
table code, it's just to show you the record format at that point. Put the above in a base search in your dashboard, and let them choose the month from a dropdown. Populate the dropdown with that same base search after passing it through this...
<input type="dropdown" token="month_nbr"> <search base="monthbase"> <query> | stats max(date_month) as date_month by month_num </query> </search> <fieldForLabel>date_month</fieldForLabel> <fieldForValue>month_num</fieldForValue> </input>
The above dropdown will set the token
$month_nbr$ to the selected value for
month_num. (We only changed the name so you can see which is which.)
Finally, in the dashboard panel, use a postprocess query/filter, with the same base search and a filter on the token selected from the dropdown to select only the month they want, which will give you exactly two values, just like your original search.
<search base="monthbase"> <query> | where month_num = $month_nbr$ | chart sum(Traffic) as Traffic by date_year </query> </search>
If you wanted, you could set a token off the base search in order to set a default for the dropdown. You'd do this by grabbing the last record.
<search base="monthbase"> <query> | tail 1 | table month_num </query> <done> <set token="month_nbr">$result.month_num$</set> </done> </search>
Nope. Still way too complex. The users don't need to be able to select a month, we just need to be able to show them last month's data over the same month a year ago. We have a very seasonal business, and we want them to see how things have changed year over year for the most recent month.
That's why I need to be able to limit the search to just the specified month name/number. If this were June of 2018, I want to display the sum of the counts for May of 2018 AND May of 2017.
Accordingly, I went on a dig and read a lot more documentation and examples, and came up with this:
tag=PeopleCounters earliest=-13mon@mon latest=@mon | eval lastMonth=strftime(relative_time(now(),"-1mon@mon"),"%B") | where match(date_month,lower(lastMonth)) | chart sum(count) as Traffic by date_year
This does what I wanted. Thanks for trying!
Oh, sure they do, but that’s easy, and in a different panel on their dashboard; they get to see the whole of the previous 3 years with an annual timewrap. This single month over month is just a single panel on that dashboard that they’re used to seeing from our old manually collected and processed stats report.
Nice try, but I've already limited the range of years with the -13mon@mon. Instead, I need a variable with the month name so that I can search for date_month=$lastmonth$.
Hope that makes more sense.