Can Anomaly Detection Solve Alert Spam?

Anomaly detection is all the buzz these days in the “#monitoringlove” community.


The conversation usually goes something like the following:

  • Alerts are spammy and often generate false positives.
  • What you really want to know is when something anomalous is happening.
  • Anomaly detection can replace static thresholds and heuristics.
  • The result will be better accuracy and lower noise.

I’m going to give a webinar about the science of statistical anomaly detection on June 17th. Sorry, no spoilers will be given here. You’ll have to attend the webinar to find out what I think on the above topics.

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I'm Baron Schwartz, the founder and CEO of VividCortex. I am the author of High Performance MySQL and lots of open-source software for performance analysis, monitoring, and system administration. I contribute to various database communities such as Oracle, PostgreSQL, Redis and MongoDB. More about me.