=== Adding a Metric to the Mix

The previous example told us the number of documents in each bucket, which is useful. ((("aggregations", "basic example", "adding a metric")))But often, our applications require more-sophisticated metrics about the documents.((("metrics", "adding to basic aggregation (example)"))) For example, what is the average price of cars in each bucket?

To get this information, we need to tell Elasticsearch which metrics to calculate, and on which fields. ((("buckets", "nesting metrics in"))) This requires nesting metrics inside the buckets. Metrics will calculate mathematical statistics based on the values of documents within a bucket.

Let's go ahead and add ((("average metric")))an average metric to our car example:


GET /cars/transactions/_search?search_type=count { "aggs": { "colors": { "terms": { "field": "color" }, "aggs": { <1> "avg_price": { <2> "avg": { "field": "price" <3> } } } } }


// SENSE: 300_Aggregations/20_basic_example.json

<1> We add a new aggs level to hold the metric.

<2> We then give the metric a name: avg_price.

<3> And finally, we define it as an avg metric over the price field.

As you can see, we took the previous example and tacked on a new aggs level. This new aggregation level allows us to nest the avg metric inside the terms bucket. Effectively, this means we will generate an average for each color.

Just like the colors example, we need to name our metric (avg_price) so we can retrieve the values later. Finally, we specify the metric itself (avg) and what field we want the average to be calculated on (price):


{ ... "aggregations": { "colors": { "buckets": [ { "key": "red", "doc_count": 4, "avg_price": { <1> "value": 32500 } }, { "key": "blue", "doc_count": 2, "avg_price": { "value": 20000 } }, { "key": "green", "doc_count": 2, "avg_price": { "value": 21000 } } ] } } ...


<1> New avg_price element in response

Although the response has changed minimally, the data we get out of it has grown substantially. Before, we knew there were four red cars. Now we know that the average price of red cars is $32,500. This is something that you can plug directly into reports or graphs.

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