I'm modelling a system and certain components can both consume and produce resources at a certain rate. Is there a common word that entails rate of consumption and/or production.

The closest word I can think of is throughput or yield but I'm not too sure that's correct.

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    It depends on the context - production could be considered in some cases as negative consumption so in this case they are the same thing one being when the rate is negative
    – mmmmmm
    Jan 14, 2015 at 19:50
  • throughput
    – Dan Bron
    Jan 14, 2015 at 19:58
  • Highly dependent on the specific field involved, meaningless in many.
    – Hot Licks
    Jan 14, 2015 at 21:40
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    Metabolism is a chemical reaction that can be measured in terms of both consumption and production of resource.
    – Good A.M.
    Jan 14, 2015 at 22:16

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The word net has the meaning of production minus consumption, although it's generally used as a modifier. You might try net yield or net rate.



Ah. I see I'm not allowed to post that single word. How about ... flow, then?


In nature, the process you suggest would be digestion. Dan Bron's throughput is I think an excellent suggestion. Again though it depends on context. flybynite.

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