data

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n data a collection of facts from which conclusions may be drawn "statistical data"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: While still in college, Bill Gates and Paul Allen once built a special purpose machine called "Traff-O-Data." It was a machine that would analyze information gathered by traffic monitors. They never found any buyers.
    • Data a collection of facts, observations, or other information related to a particular question or problem; as, the historical data show that the budget deficit is only a small factor in determining interest rates.
    • Data (Computers) information, most commonly in the form of a series of binary digits, stored on a physical storage medium for manipulation by a computer program. It is contrasted with the program which is a series of instructions used by the central processing unit of a computer to manipulate the data. In some conputers data and execuatble programs are stored in separate locations.
    • Data See Datum.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Every day, the Hubble telescope transmits enough data to fit 10,000 standard computer disks
    • n data Plural of datum.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Bill Gates began his business career at the age of 14 by forming a company called Traf-O-Data with some friends of his.
    • n.pl Data dā′ta facts given or admitted from which other facts may be deduced
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Quotations

  • Robert Heinlein
    Robert Heinlein
    “To get anywhere, or even live a long time, a man has to guess, and guess right, over and over again, without enough data for a logical answer.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If you torture data long enough, it will tell you anything you want !”
  • Colin Powell
    Colin Powell
    “Experts often possess more data than judgment.”
  • Marshall Mcluhan
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    “The more the data banks record about each one of us, the less we exist.”
  • John Naisbitt
    John Naisbitt
    “Intuition becomes increasingly valuable in the new information society precisely because there is so much data.”
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
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    “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. pl,. of datum,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. datum, data, given—dăre, to give.

Usage

In literature:

However, I'm sure most of you depend, as I do, on intuition as well as on data.
"The Flaming Mountain" by Harold Leland Goodwin
I have to ask you kindly to permit me to make use of the data contained in your book.
"Cottage Building in Cob, Pisé, Chalk and Clay" by Clough Williams-Ellis
Specialists want it for honest data.
"Rose MacLeod" by Alice Brown
The most noteworthy improvement in the people's welfare, as reflected by Albanian data, was in the area of health.
"Area Handbook for Albania" by Eugene K. Keefe
We're coming up with interesting data on the War of 1914.
"The Variable Man" by Philip K. Dick
To compute, to gather data, to broadcast, to control.
"Tangle Hold" by F. L. Wallace
Second-graders didn't spend their time at the control banks gathering data; they did mostly desk work and evaluation.
"Brink of Madness" by Walter J. Sheldon
Data which will give you spacecraft that match our own in technical perfection.
"A Gift For Terra" by Fox B. Holden
The figures here shown are subject to revision as experimental data accumulate.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 4" by Various
In mid-1973 data suggested that between 100 and 150 feature films were imported per year.
"Area Handbook for Bulgaria" by Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
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In poetry:

Facts on that far-off glacier
are few and hard to obtain.
I doubt that the Danes will bring us
data a bit germane.
"Eagle Mountain Glacier" by Jonas Hallgrimsson
Labitur totas furor in medullas,
Igne furtivo populante venas,
Nec habet latum data plaga frontem;
Sed vorat tectas penitas medullas,
Virginum ignoto ferit igne pectus.
"The Heroic Enthusiasts - Part The Second =First Dialogue.=" by Giordano Bruno

In news:

The top one percent of the world's mobile Internet users consumes over half the world's data, and global mobile data use is expected to multiply ten times over the next four years, The New York Times reported.
Data Analytics Techniques - use of data obtained and presentation of results.
The digital revolution has brought with it significant volumes of data, and new tools to handle it, but brands must do better to interpret and understand data from the field, writes Rob McLuhan.
Doug Henschen December 11, 2012 09:06 AM From Amazon to Splunk, here's a look at the big data innovators that are now pushing Hadoop, NoSQL and big data analytics to the next level.
This ATI provides an overview of recent methodological advances in exploratory data mining for the analysis of psychological and behavioral data.
Perhaps even more surprising than the revelation that the data still exists, Google said that if local authorities want to look at the data before it's deleted (again), they're welcome to do so.
Confidential Data Destruction and Data Sanitization Services Meet Companies at Their Door.
Advanced Data Processing Inc says info in data breach disclosed to theft ring.
Comparing data-at-rest to data-in-motion security procedures.
He continued, "We are happy to release a new free tool to document data stored in Excel files, and provide an easy first step for organizations wishing to document their data using open metadata standards.".
The company hosting the frozen data of millions of users of the file sharing site Megaupload says somebody needs to pay the company's bill or allow it to delete the data.
As we move beyond the classic definition to the challenge of collecting and storing the data, a new problem arises: How do we bring together the disparate data sources and rationalize them to a single individual.
But if the data is encrypted , it's unlikely that the data can be accessed.
Data-at-rest protection is a when data stored on a device and not in transit, known as data at rest, is either encrypted or follows certain protocols that include encryption to protect the data from unauthorized access.
Microsoft will build an experimental biogas-powered data center in the US state of Wyoming in March 2013, in an effort to enable its data centers to be less reliant on the traditional power grid, US media reported on Monday.
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In science:

Our GRB tool shed is populated with a standard set of preprocessed GRB data such as the basic table data, flux/fluence data, and duration .
A GRB Tool Shed
The first two nights of data were taken at a slightly lower resolution than the last two, so the data were split into high and low resolution data sets and each one treated separately.
A TiO study of the dwarf nova IP Pegasi
The decomposition of the data obtained in multiple sky pointings — perhaps during a scanning of a sky region with the primary beam — into data distributed in l-space results in a separation of data with different signal-to-noise ratios.
Observing the CMB with the AMiBA
The new photometric and spectroscopic data are presented by Smith et al. (2000, 2001, hereafter SMAC-I and SMAC-II), and the full SMAC data set is tabulated by Hudson et al. (2001, SMAC-III). A preliminary analysis of the peculiar velocity data was given by Hudson et al. (1999).
A Synthesis of Data from Fundamental Plane and Surface Brightness Fluctuation Surveys
There are at least four such group membership data structures: Sims’s Schreier vectors (or Schreier trees) [Sim71], Knuth’s data structure [Knu91], Jerrum’s labelled branchings [Jer86], and the deep sift data structure of Cooperman and Finkelstein [CF93].
Towards a practical, theoretically sound algorithm for random generation in finite groups
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