Duration; Span; Time distance; Time period
A time interval is a convex subset of the time domain. A time interval may be open or closed (at either end) and can be defined unambiguously by its two delimiting time instants. In a system that models the time domain using granules, an interval may be represented by a set of contiguous granules.
An interval is a directed duration of time. A duration is an amount of time with known length, but no specific starting or ending instants. For example, the duration “1 week” is known to have a length of 7 days, but can refer to any block of seven consecutive days. An interval is either positive, denoting forward motion of time, or negative, denoting backwards motion in time.
Unfortunately, the term “time interval” is being used in the literature with two distinct meanings: as the time between two instants, in the general database research literature and beyond, and as a directed duration of...
- 2.Jensen CS, Dyreson CE, editors. A consensus glossary of temporal database concepts – February 1998 version. In Etzion O, Jajodia S, Sripada S, editors. Temporal databases: research and practice. LNCS 1399. Berlin: Springer; 1998. p. 367–405.Google Scholar