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How to present a readable time value when epoch value is on the y-axis in a scatter chart?

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My goal is to present a scatter chart with the size of a file each time a job runs. This requires 3 values: time, size of file, name of job. I have reviewed much of the documentation about time and timecharts and the best representation I have is with time on the y-axis, size of file on the x-axis and the name of job as the legend. the problem is the time value is in epoch and I have been unable to relate a readable time to this chart.

Search saved as a scatter chart

index=main 
sourcetype="MFT_byte_size_data"
| table MFT_job_name, MFT_fromFileBytes, timestamp, _time

Saved as a scatter chart

Data csv file
MFT_job_name    MFT_fromFileBytes   timestamp   _time

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Below is a good presentation of how I want the data to look, but the timestamp values mean nothing a human.

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Engager

Scatter Chart is suitable for numerical expression on the X axis, not suitable for expressing rich time.
Therefore, I recommend using a Line Chart to try it.

  1. Insert Null under each row of your table.

Example:

index="dotchart" source="DotChart.csv" sourcetype="csv" 
| stats values(MFT_fromFileBytes) as Bytes by _time,MFT_job_name 
| eval {MFT_job_name}=Bytes
| append 
    [ search  index="dotchart" source="DotChart.csv"  sourcetype="csv" 
    | stats values(MFT_fromFileBytes) as Bytes by _time,MFT_job_name 
    | eval Bytes=null
        ] 
| sort 0 _time,MFT_job_name
| fields - Bytes,MFT_job_name

2. Set the graph as follows.
Graph: Line Chart
Setting: format> General> Null Values> select [Gaps]

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SplunkTrust
SplunkTrust

The scatter chart works best with two data series (values to be shown on x-axis and y-axis should be numerical data that can be plotted). So scattered chart may not work for you. You can try column chart or bar chart.

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New Member

I stared at both column and bar charts for several hours, but could not make sense of that type of representation of individual file size values each time a specific job ran. To make either of those useful would require a separate chart for each job, when a single scatter chart provides an understandable view of all the jobs, quickly illustrating the anomolies for each job.

Let's go at it at another angle. Each square value in the scatter chart produces a pop-up as you hover over them. This pop-up includes specific variable values -- How do I include a good timestamp variable inside that pop-up?

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SplunkTrust
SplunkTrust

Yeah.. scatter chart would've been perfect if it would work for that type of data (time plus another data series). Have you looked at Line chart for output of following command?

index=main 
sourcetype="MFT_byte_size_data"
| chart values(MFT_fromFileBytes) over  _time by MFT_job_name limit=0

This should give you a line for each job, over time, for corresponding file size trend. Mouse hover would give time and job name with job name value as MFTfromFileBytes. You can also try the Multiseries mode (available in Format->General) to see MFTfromFileBytes value trend for jobs in separate charts.

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New Member

Since the line chart does provide a good time stamp and somewhat recognizable as an anomolie, I will present a single dashboard with both line and scatter charts of the same data. If something looks out of place, the charts are using the same color for each job, so it's relatively easy to move between them and determine which event needs attention.

Thanks for your help

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