Traffic Distribution

Traffic distribution into the different test groups of the A/B test.

When conducting an A/B test, not only do you need to distribute your users to different test groups, you also need to write a logic for each test group. After the integration stages, the distribution of users into different test groups can be done through the Hackle SDK.


Test Groups

The test groups are basically the different groups that are exposed to the versions (features, screens, algorithms, etc) of a page of an experiment. Test Groups include both the control test group A and treatment test groups B, C, D, etc., that are exposed to the "improved" versions of the pages.
The test groups can be set on the dashboard and further information on the test groups can be found on the What is a Test Group? document.


Think of the variation as the term that is equivalent to different versions of the page being shown to users on your app or browser.
By passing the experiment key and user identifier to the variation() method, you can distribute users and receive the results. After that, we implement the logic of the page version applicable for each test group.
In the example code below, we are passing an experiment key of 42, and there are two test groups, A and B.

// Determines the test group to assign the user "ae2182e0"
// in an A/B tests with an experiment key of 42.
// For undetermined cases, the user is returned to test group A.
hackleClient.onReady(function() {
  const user = { id: "ae2182e0" };
  const variation = hackleClient.variation(42, user);
  if (variation === "A") {
    // Logic for test group A
  } else if (variation === "B") {
    // Logic for test group B


The variation_detail() method works the same as the variation() method but provides the reason for a user being distributed to a specific group. This method can be a useful tool to see if the distribution is working properly.
You must pass the experiment key as a parameter. For the example code below, we are passing experimental key 42.

hackleClient.onReady(function() {
  // Traffic distribution details 
  const decision = hackleClient.variaionDetail(42, user);
  // Test group determined from distribution
  const variation = decision.variation;
  // Reason for distribution to a test group
  const reason = decision.reason;

You will receive the reason for the distribution or the allocation of a specific user to a specific test group in the form of SDK_NOT_READY. Please refer to the table below for the full list of different distribution reasons.

Reason Output


Distribution Result


The SDK is not ready to use.
(e.g. initialized with the wrong SDK key)

(control) Test Group A


No A/B tests were found for the experimental key you passed.
The experiment key may be incorrect or the experiment may be in the archive status.

(control) Test Group A


The A/B test has not yet been started (in draft mode).

(control) Test Group A


The A/B test has been paused.

(control) Test Group A


The A/B test has ended.

Final winning test group from the experiment


Users are distributed to a specific test group by manual assignment.

Manually assigned test group


A/B test is running, but user has not been assigned to the experiment.

(control) Test Group A


User has been assigned to a test group in the A/B test.

Assigned test group


The test group was removed from the A/B test.

(control) Test Group A


The input value is not valid.
(e.g. A number was entered in a parameter that requires a character)

(control) Test Group A


An unknown error has occurred.

(control) Test Group A

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