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access time the amount of time needed for a computer to retrieve or store data.
almanac an annually published calendar, traditionally used by farmers, that predicts weather and times of celestial events such as lunar phases, sunrises and sunsets, and the like, and lists other useful data. [1/3 definitions]
analog computer a computer that uses physical quantities such as pressure or electric voltages to represent data. (Cf. digital computer.)
anecdotal consisting of anecdotes rather than confirmable or reproducible data. [1/2 definitions]
ASCII abbreviation of "American Standard Code for Information Interchange," originally, a standard code using numbers to represent characters used in writing English, allowing textual data to be transferred between computers. ASCII has been expanded to allow character sets from other languages to be similarly encoded.
bar graph a graph in which numerical values of data are represented by bars of equal widths but varying lengths, also known as a bar chart.
biometrics (used with a sing. verb) the mathematical and statistical analysis of biological data.
broadband of, pertaining to, or using a type of high-speed data transmission that allows signals at different frequencies, such as audio and video, to be transmitted simultaneously along a single wire. [1/2 definitions]
card1 a small piece of thick paper, cardboard, or plastic printed with personal data such as name and address and used as identification. [1/4 definitions]
CD1 abbreviation of "compact disk," a palm-sized disk on which music, data, or the like has been digitally encoded, that is read by laser and transmitted to a playback device; optical disk.
chi-square a statistical method that determines to what degree the differences between expected data and data actually derived can be ascribed to chance, rather than to some general cause or principle.
compact disk a palm-sized disk on which music, data, or the like has been digitally encoded, that is read by laser and transmitted to a playback device; optical disk.
computer an electronic device used to store, sort, correlate, and make calculations on data at high speeds. [1/2 definitions]
corpus a compilation of written or spoken texts in electronic format analyzed as linguistic data in order to learn about word meaning and usage, word frequency, and language patterns. [1/4 definitions]
correlate to arrange, as two sets of data, so as to demonstrate or emphasize their causal, reciprocal, complementary, or parallel relationship. [1/4 definitions]
crunch numbers in computer work, to perform a large number of calculations or manipulations of numerical data, or to process a large amount of data.
cursor a movable lighted marker on a computer terminal screen that indicates where data can be inserted.
cut in computing, to remove (a file or section of a file's data) causing it to be stored in a temporary location, typically in order to place a copy of it in a different location. [1/23 definitions]
data processor a person who compiles data or enters data into a computer for processing. [2 definitions]
data set a collection of data records to be analyzed.
digital computer the type of computer in widest use, that represents data as discrete electrical signals and operates at high speed. (Cf. analog computer.)