What is an Interval?

What is an interval?

In quintly you can choose between several intervals to display your data. An interval describes the time period between two data points. There are 2 different categories of intervals to distinguish. First category is time series interval. If you want to show data over time you might want to use the time series intervals which include the daily, weekly and monthly interval. It’s the same intervals you see in the data selector in quintly.

Daily Interval

If you select the daily interval the time period between the data points would be one day. In the following screenshot you see the Own Posts line chart. It shows the number of posts published in a certain interval. In our example you see that on the 5th of July one post was published. The respective interval goes from 5th of July 00:00:00 until 5th of July 23:59:59.

Weekly Interval

The next time series interval is the weekly interval. In the following screenshot you again see the number of posts published in a certain interval. In this case the interval is one week. In week 25 for example the page published 8 posts. This interval goes from 19th of June 00:00:00 until 25th of June 23:59:59. The data for a certain period is always shown at the beginning of the interval so in our example you see the the number of published posts in week 25 on the 19th of June.

Monthly Interval

The monthly interval is similar to the weekly interval. In the following screenshot you see that the selected page published 46 posts in May 2017. The interval goes from 1st of May until 31st of May. Again you see that the data for the period is shown at the beginning of the interval.

Total Interval

The other category of intervals is the total interval. The total interval aggregates the data for the full selected period. Most of the table metrics you find in quintly use a total interval. In the following screenshot you see the Key Metrics Table. This table uses a total interval and doesn’t listen to the time series interval which is selected in the date selector. The selected date in our example is 1st of May to 31st of May but you can choose any time frame. Looking at the “Posts” column you see the number of all posts published in the selected period. Absolute values like the Fan number will show the value at the end of the selected period when using a total interval. In our example it shows the fan value the page had on the 31st of May. The Fans Change is the difference between the number of fans at the start of the selected interval and the number of fans at the end of the selected period.

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