Intra-Correlation, Macrofunction, Motif, Motivic Trace

This lesson introduces the following analysis patterns: intra-correlation, macrofunction, motif, and motivic trace.


Sometimes we may see a functional activity and basic facts in a trace and want to find a correlation between the activity and facts in another part of the trace. If this intra-correlation fits into our problem description, we can present a plausible, and sometimes even the best, explanation of the problem. Here is an example of this, using the WindowHistory tracing tool.

When a third-party application was losing focus frequently, we suspected that the terminal services client process was responsible. On examination, however, we found that the following WindowHistory trace fragment corresponded to that application:

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