For example, there is a website that has 100,000 pageviews every day.
We assume the distribution of these pageviews fits a Gaussian distribution.
How would the theoretical peak pageviews per second be calculated?
For each day, the number of pageviews per second is assumed to fit a Gaussian Distribution, with the peak occurring at 12pm and evenly distributed either side of this.
It is required to determine the peak number of pageviews per second given this distribution of pageviews.
One possible interpretation is:
If the mean number of pageviews per second varies through the day with a bell shaped graph which is of approximatly Gaussian form, with peak at 12:00 (that is mid-day) what is the peak mean pageviews?
(note there is no mention of a distribution here since there is no probability distribution involved)
Even this interpretation has no answer as a relevant peice of data is missing, which is some sort of specification of the spread of the Gaussian.
Argh, of course. Sorry - it's Friday afternoon - I had it clear in my mind, I just didn't write it down.
Ideally I'd like to derive a function to calculate the peak value in terms of σ so that it would be possible to derives peak values for various durations of the peak.