I am a bit confused over the meaning of "Preliminary run" when referring to the LHC experiments CMS and ATLAS.

For example in this summary, Figure 2 refers to both the CMS $19.7\ \mathrm{fb^{-1}}$ data at $8\ \mathrm{TeV}$ and ATLAS $4.6\ \mathrm{fb^{-1}}$ data at $7\ \mathrm{TeV}$ as "Preliminary":

Fig. 2 in arXiv:1507.02544v1

Which run does the term "Preliminary run" refer to? Or is it used to mean something else?


The term "preliminary" does not refer to the runs. It refers to the status of results and figures that have not been properly reviewed and/or approved for publication yet.

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    $\begingroup$ In other words it's the analysis that is preliminary, not the raw data. $\endgroup$ – John Rennie Jul 10 '15 at 10:45

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