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Jetstream overview

Jetstream is an analysis framework for experiments. Jetstream aggregates and summarizes product telemetry, using the experiment definitions in Experimenter, to produce the datasets that drive the results dashboards.

Most investigation owners will not interact with Jetstream directly. Jetstream computes a default set of statistics for every experiment. Investigation owners can add additional metrics to a results dashboard by choosing outcomes in Experimenter while designing an experiment.

Data scientists can extend Jetstream with new outcomes by contributing outcome definitions to the jetstream-config repository.

Data scientists can also ask Jetstream to evaluate custom metrics for a particular experiment by contributing experiment configurations to jetstream-config.

Jetstream is not a monitoring platform, which means that Jetstream does not emit real-time results. The first interesting results will usually be available a week after the enrollment period ends. Typically, that means results will begin to appear two weeks after the day the experiment launches.

Analysis paradigm#

Experiments are analyzed using the concept of analysis windows. Analysis windows describe an interval marked from each client’s day of enrollment. The “day 0” analysis window aggregates data from the days that each client enrolled in the experiment. Because the intervals are demarcated from enrollment, they are not calendar dates; for some clients in an experiment, day 0 could be a Tuesday, and for others a Saturday.

The week 0 analysis window aggregates data from each client’s days 0 through 6, the week 1 window aggregates data from days 7 through 13, and so on.

Clients are given a fixed amount of time, specified in Experimenter and often a week long, to enroll. Final day 0 results are available for reporting at the end of the enrollment period, after the last eligible client has enrolled, and week 0 results are available a week after the enrollment period closes. Results for each window are published as soon as complete data is available for all enrolled clients.

The "overall" window, published after the experiment has ended, is a window beginning on each client’s day 0 that spans the longest period for which all clients have complete data.

Analysis steps#

When analyzing experiments, the following steps are executed for each experiment:

Experiment analyis steps

A default configuration which depends on the experiment type and, if defined, a custom configuration provided via the jetstream-config repository are parsed and used for analysis. The experiment definition and config parameters are used to run some checks to determine if the experiment can be analyzed. These checks include, for example, validating start dates, end dates and enrollment periods.

If the experiment is valid, then metrics are calculated for each analysis period (daily, weekly, 28 days, overall) and written to BigQuery. Metrics are either specified or a reference to existing metrics defined in mozanalysis is provided in the configuration files. Next, for each segment, first pre-treatments are applied to the metrics data which is then used to calculate statistics. Statistics data is written to BigQuery and later exported to GCS as JSON.


The datasets that back the Experimenter results dashboards are available in BigQuery. Technical documentation is available in the Mozilla data docs.