lag in the data

aha123

Senior Member
Mixed Asian Languages
Scenario:
The sales dataset needs to be updated daily. If the programmer forgot to update in last two days, then the user who pulls the sales data will see sales amounts are zero in last two days.

Can I use lag to describe this situation like below?

If the administrator forgets to update the dataset daily, then the user will see the lag in the data.
 
  • JamesM

    Senior Member
    I would expect "lag in the data" to mean that the user will see older data, not a complete lack of data.

    Also:

    If the programmer forgot to update for two days, then the user who pulls the sales data will see sales amounts of zero for the last two days.
     

    aha123

    Senior Member
    Mixed Asian Languages
    I would expect "lag in the data" to mean that the user will see older data, not a complete lack of data.

    Also:

    If the programmer forgot to update for the last two days, then the user who pulls the sales data will see sales amounts of zero for the last two days.
    Thanks James!

    Could you suggest a correct word to replace lag? I can't think of anyone.

    Here is a numerical example. Suppose today is 6/8/2011 and the programmer forgot to update sales data for last two days. When a user pulls sales data for the last 7 days, he/she will see:

    6/1 - sales amount = 100
    6/2 - sales amount = 102
    6/3 - sales amount = 90
    6/4 - sales amount = 200
    6/5 - sales amount = 10
    6/6 - sales amount = N/A
    6/7 - sales amount = N/A
     
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