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Available periods

When a projection is created, Time Series assigns it a start_date and an end_date, the interval between these two values is called a period. Therefore, you can consider it as the "life span" of your projection.

A period is usually composed of two parts, a number followed by a type; the only exception is regarding the global period.

Here is a list of valid periods: *, 1 day, 2 hours, 3 months, 1 year, 12 hours.

Types of periods

Laravel Time Series gives you access to these different types of periods:

  • *
  • minute
  • hour
  • day
  • week
  • month
  • year

Note that you should pluralize the period's type if the duration is greater than 1.

The global period


A projection with a global period doesn't have a start_date or end_date.

In case you want to build a projection with an unlimited lifetime, add the * period to your projection.

A projection with a global period will be unique (regarding the * period) and continuously updated by the bound projectable models.

What happens when you add several periods to a projection?

You can consider that a projection with X periods is actually X separate projections. Separate rows in the time_series_projectable table will be created for each period added to a projection.

For example, if you define a projection with three periods, each time a bound model fires an event, three rows will be updated in the database, one for each period.

How a projection's start date is defined?

A projection's start_date is defined regarding its period and the current date. Each time a new one is created, its start_date will equal the current date rounded to the floor by the given period.

For example, let's say the current date is 2022-01-07 11:04:25:

  • Given a 1 hour period, the start date equals 2022-01-07 11:00:00.
  • Given a 2 hours period, the start date equals 2022-01-07 10:00:00.
  • Given a 1 day period, the start date equals 2022-01-07 00:00:00.
  • Given a 2 days period, the start date equals 2022-01-06 00:00:00.
  • Given a 1 week period, the start date equals 2022-01-03 00:00:00.