Rapid7 has patented a method for implementing a bounded group by query system that computes approximate time-sliced statistics for groups of records in a dataset. The system uses a time-sliced approximate data structure to efficiently retrieve approximate statistics for different groups of timestamped datapoints in a single pass of the dataset. GlobalData’s report on Rapid7 gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Approximate time-sliced statistics for groups of records

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Rapid7 Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11886413B1) discloses a method and system for creating a time-sliced approximate data structure (TSADS) using a counts matrix and a statistics matrix. The TSADS is designed to store approximate statistics for different groups of timestamped datapoints in multiple time slices. The counts matrix utilizes a count-min sketch to store approximate counts of datapoints in various groups across time slices. The method involves receiving requests to retrieve approximate statistics for specific groups of datapoints, selecting cells in the counts matrix, determining best approximate counts, and retrieving corresponding statistics from the statistics matrix. The system returns a time series of best approximate statistics for each time slice, allowing for efficient data analysis and retrieval.

Furthermore, the system allows for the creation, addition, and removal of datapoints in the TSADS, as well as the merging of multiple TSADS structures. The method includes features such as selecting summary functions for computing statistics, handling compound datapoints, and managing group results in a bounded group by query system. The system can also retrieve collective counts and statistics for all groups in the TSADS, facilitating comprehensive data analysis. The patent covers various aspects of the method, system, and storage media instructions for implementing the TSADS, providing a robust framework for handling and analyzing timestamped datapoints efficiently.

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