I've been stuck for about 20 minutes while working on a reporting application because I can't think of what to call this property. When requesting a report, the user must specify a start date, an end date as well as the "specificity" of the data points, for example "day", "week" etcetera. I have considered calling it "specificity" or "unit size", but I feel that none of those words properly convey the meaning of the property. What word (or words) would best describe the property?

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    Are you looking for precision? Or granularity? – Bradd Szonye May 12 '13 at 23:16
  • @BraddSzonye: Precision makes sense! Very good suggestion. – Hubro May 12 '13 at 23:28

Precision has two meanings related to data collection:

2 the ability of a measurement to be reproduced consistently

3 (mathematics) the number of significant digits to which a value may be measured reliably

While your usage is not a precise fit for either meaning, it should be intuitive enough for the application's users.


I'd suggest periodicity
1. The quality or state of being periodic; recurrence at regular intervals.

Another option is to use frequency of data.

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