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Kibana 8.x – A Quick Start Guide to Data Analysis

By : Krishna Shah
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Kibana 8.x – A Quick Start Guide to Data Analysis

By: Krishna Shah

Overview of this book

Unleash the full potential of Kibana—an indispensable tool for data analysts to seamlessly explore vast datasets, uncover key insights, identify trends and anomalies, and share results. This book guides you through its user-friendly interface, interactive visualizations, and robust features, including real-time data monitoring and advanced analytics, showing you how Kibana revolutionizes your approach to navigating and analyzing complex datasets. Starting with the foundational steps of installing, configuring, and running Kibana, this book progresses systematically to explain the search and data visualization capabilities for data stored in the Elasticsearch cluster. You’ll then delve into the practical details of creating data views and optimizing spaces to better organize the analysis environment. As you advance, you'll get to grips with using the discover interface and learn how to build different types of extensive visualizations using Lens. By the end of this book, you’ll have a complete understanding of how Kibana works, helping you leverage its capabilities to build an analytics and visualization solution from scratch for your data-driven use case.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
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Part 1: Exploring Kibana
Part 2: Visualizations in Kibana
Part 3: Analytics on a Dashboard
Part 4: Querying on Kibana and Advanced Concepts

Exploring Lens visualizations

If you’re a newbie in the field of visualizing data, then you have come to the right place! If you are not sure how you wish to get started on creating a visualization or which type of visualization you wish to use to represent your data, Lens is a great way to simply drag and drop the fields you want to build a graph on. And voilà – it will create a vertical bar graph to start with. We can change the type of the graph to any other representation that we prefer later.

The ease and flexibility of the drag-and-drop experience is what makes the Lens visualization one sure spot for pretty much everything that one wishes to do with representing data in the form of a visualization.

Let us look at the process of creating a sample Lens visualization process step by step:

  1. Get to know the Lens page; there is a name for everything on the interface, as shown in the following screenshot:
Figure 4.1 – Layout of the Lens interface in Kibana

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