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Understanding SignalFx Analytics

The SignalFx Chart Builder gives you the ability to easily construct plot lines that specify what metric you want to use, whether to filter it down to specific sources (e.g. from a particular datacenter or service), and what analytical functions to apply. The plot line that you construct in SignalFx is actually a SignalFlow program running on our service.

SignalFlow is the analytics technology that enables powerful and flexible visualization and anomaly detection in the SignalFx service, for both historic and real-time streaming data. Charts and detectors created in SignalFx create corresponding SignalFlow programs that run to produce the desired results.

For a brief overview of SignalFlow, see SignalFlow Analytics Language. For a more in-depth discussion, continue to the following sections.