data processing noun
: the process of putting information into a computer so that the computer can organize it, change its form, etc.
: the converting of raw data to machine-readable form and its subsequent processing (as storing, updating, rearranging, or printing out) by a computer
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data processing noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Manipulation of data by a computer. It includes the conversion of raw data to machine-readable form, flow of data through the CPU and memory to output devices, and formatting or transformation of output. Any use of computers to perform defined operations on data can be included under data processing. In the commercial world, data processing refers to the processing of data required to run organizations and businesses.
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