Understanding Data

Variation A

Information that is convenient to move
or process.

Variation B

Distinct pieces of information, usually
formatted in a special way. All software
is divided into two general categories:
data and programs. Programs are
collections of instructions for manipulating

Data can exist in a variety of forms
-- as numbers or text on pieces of paper,
as bits and bytes stored in electronic
memory, or as facts stored in a person's

The term data is often used to distinguish
binary machine-readable information from
textual human-readable information. For
example, some applications make a distinction
between data files (files that contain binary
data) and text files (files that contain
ASCII data).

Variation C

(Used with a plural verb) Individual
facts, statistics, or items of information:
These data represent the results of our
Data are entered by terminal
for immediate processing by the computer.

(Used with a singular verb) A body of facts;
information: Additional data is available from
the president of the firm.

Variation D

Numerical or other information
represented in a form suitable for
processing by computer.

Variation E

Transmittable and storable computer information.

Variation F

Numbers, characters, images, or other
method of recording, in a form which can
be assessed by a human or (especially)
input into a computer, stored and processed
there, or transmitted on some digital
channel. computer nearly always represent
data in binary.

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