data processing


Definition of data processing

: the converting of raw data to machine-readable form and its subsequent processing (such as storing, updating, rearranging, or printing out) by a computer

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Other Words from data processing

data processor noun

Examples of data processing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The edge allows for real-time data processing, which allows applications and devices to react to data instantaneously. Vinod Yeruva, Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 The total number of cases reported Thursday is high partially due to delays in data processing, Alaska chief medical officer Dr. Anne Zink told reporters on a call. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, 20 Aug. 2021 Apple and Google’s latest proclamations about on-device data processing may bring new opportunities for misunderstandings. Tom Simonite, Wired, 16 June 2021 But any potential fix to the supply pinch depends on transport tracking and each semiconductors sensor contains three or four chips that enable functions such as GPS tracking, cellular communication and data processing. Jeanne Whalen Washington Post, Star Tribune, 3 May 2021 Many of the houses that surround the former EDS campus were built on land that was once part of the data processing firm’s Dallas headquarters, which was built on the site of an old golf course. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, 11 Aug. 2021 In-memory data storage can eliminate the need to access disks and speeds up data processing significantly. David Flower, Forbes, 16 Apr. 2021 In January, the European Union said Clearview AI’s data processing violates the General Data Protection Regulation. Johana Bhuiyan, Los Angeles Times, 9 Mar. 2021 Privacy experts say a federal data-protection standard could be key to enshrining rights for consumers and providing compliance certainty for companies that have expanded e-commerce, data processing and other digital investments in recent years. David Uberti, WSJ, 28 July 2021

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First Known Use of data processing

1954, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of data processing was in 1954

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3 Oct 2021

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“Data processing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of data processing

: the process of putting information into a computer so that the computer can organize it, change its form, etc.

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