Thursday, July 26, 2012

VS 2010 Load Test - Percentile values for Transaction Response Time

In VS 2010, when the load test run is complete, you can view the percentile values for transactions. Remember that these are percentile values and not percentage values.

Consider there are 10 requests where request1 to request9 took 1sec and request10 took 5 sec.
So the percentage of requests which took less than or equal to 1 sec is  9*100/10 = 90 percent

However, to calculate the percentile, we have to arrange the values in a sorted manner i.e.
1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,1,5

Now, to calclulate the percentile, we calculate the rank by using the formula:
n = (P*N)/100 + 1/2 where P is the percentile and N is the number of items.

So the rank for 90th percentile will be:
n = (90*10)/100 + 1/2 = 9.5
We round off the rank and pickup the the nth element i.e. the 10th element i.e. 5

Thus the 90th percentile value is 5 sec but 90 percentage of transactions took 1 sec.

You can view Percentile values of 90%, 95% and 99% for each transaction in Tables->Transactions


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