Detect Service Response Change (Response Code)

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An unusual count of service response error code values produced by a service could indicate a problem with that service or one of its component subsystems.

This use case recipe identifies hosts from which an unusual count of error response codes of certain values are sent. It also detects the logical site area to which the response code applies, and country code of source generating the requests that cause the responses.

This use case recipe is provided as a basic example of how automated anomaly detection can be used to detect potential system issues. Other recipes, based upon alternative or more complex changes than error response codes, may produce more effective detection results.

Use Case Type
IT Operations - This use case detects anomalies associated with errors, slowdowns, and interruptions in the operation of a system or service. Each detected anomaly is assigned a normalized Anomaly Score, and is annotated with values of other fields in the data that have statistical influence on the anomaly, called influencers.

Use Case Data Source
Apache Web Logs (containing HTTP response codes)

Use Case Recipe

  • For: Apache web logs (filtered for error codes such as 400, 500)
  • Model: Count of log messages containing each value of HTTP response code
  • Detect: Hosts with unusually high counts of messages containing certain error codes
  • Compared to: Baseline model/history of message counts for that host
  • Partition by: Host
  • Exclude: None
  • Duration: Run analysis over multiple days of data. Two weeks or more will yield best results.
  • Related recipes: Run this OPS use case by itself, or along with other OPS recipes
  • Results: Unusual hosts may be experiencing an outage

Input Features and Candidate Influencers

Required field (or similar)Description Example
response The HTTP response code contained in the web log 200, 405, 503
host_ID A unique identifier for the system initiating the web logs (could be src_ip,, etc.), mikep, ent.web.apache.server107
site_area An attribute in the web log that indicates the logical area of the web site applicable to the response /blog, /legal, /register
geoip.country_name Name of country associated with the HTTP request that generated the HTTP response contained in the web log China, USA, Russia

Example Elasticsearch Index Patterns

  • apache-*
  • cef-*

Example Elasticsearch Query

  • query: {"match_all": { }}
  • scroll_size: 1000
  • query_delay: 60s
  • frequency: 150s

Machine Learning Analysis / Detector Config

  • Detector(s): high_count by response partitionfield=host_ID
  • Bucketspan: 30m
  • Influencer(s): response, site_area, geoip.country_name

Recipe ID: SVC-OPS01

Revision: v0.3

Last updated: 5/17/2017