## Trace Analysis Patterns (Part 166)

Based on a mathematical analogy with critical points in topology (Morse theory) we introduce **Critical Points** in trace and log analysis where they signify the change of trace or log “shape” (topological or “geometric” properties) as illustrated in the following diagram:

Such a point may be an individual message, its Message Context, or Activity Region.

**Critical Points** are examples of Intra-Correlation whereas Bifurcation Points are examples of Inter-Correlation.

- Dmitry Vostokov @ DumpAnalysis.org + TraceAnalysis.org -