data processing

Definitions of data processing
  1. noun
    (computer science) a series of operations on data by a computer in order to retrieve or transform or classify information
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    administrative data processing, business data processing
    data processing in accounting or business management
    ADP, automatic data processing
    data processing by a computer
    data mining
    data processing using sophisticated data search capabilities and statistical algorithms to discover patterns and correlations in large preexisting databases; a way to discover new meaning in data
    distributed data processing, remote-access data processing, teleprocessing
    data processing in which some of the functions are performed in different places and connected by transmission facilities
    list processing
    processing data that is given in the form of chained lists
    multiprocessing, parallel processing
    simultaneous processing by two or more processing units
    (computer science) data processing in which the result is completely specified by a rule (especially the processing that results from a single instruction)
    priority processing
    data processing in which the operations performed are determined by a system of priorities
    real-time operation, real-time processing
    data processing fast enough to keep up with an outside process
    serial processing
    sequential processing by two or more processing units
    word processing
    rapid and efficient processing (storage and printing) of linguistic data for composition and editing
    access, memory access
    (computer science) the operation of reading or writing stored information
    asynchronous operation
    operations that occur without a regular or predictable time relation to other events
    auxiliary operation, off-line operation
    a operation performed by off-line equipment not under the control of the central processing unit
    background processing, backgrounding
    the execution of low priority programs while higher priority programs are not using the processing system
    binary arithmetic operation, binary operation, boolean operation
    an operation that follows the rules of Boolean algebra; each operand and the result take one of two values
    computer operation, machine operation
    an elementary operation that a computer is designed and built to perform
    concurrent operation
    two or more operations performed at the same time (or within a give interval)
    control function, control operation
    an operation that controls the recording or processing or transmission of interpretation of data
    dyadic operation
    an operation on exactly two operands
    EDP, electronic data processing
    automatic data processing by electronic means without the use of tabulating cards or punched tapes
    fixed-cycle operation
    an operation that is completed in a specified number of regularly timed execution cycles
    foreground processing, foregrounding
    the execution of a program that preempts the use of the processing system
    IDP, integrated data processing
    automatic data processing in which data acquisition and other stages or processing are integrated into a coherent system
    logic operation, logical operation
    an operation that follows the rules of symbolic logic
    monadic operation, unary operation
    an operation with exactly one operand
    multiplex operation
    an operation in which two or more activities are interleaved
    parallel operation, simultaneous operation
    the simultaneous execution of two or more operations
    printing operation
    an operation that controls the printing or display of information
    lookup, search
    an operation that determines whether one or more of a set of items has a specified property
    consecutive operation, sequential operation, serial operation
    the sequential execution of operations one after another
    sort, sorting
    an operation that segregates items into groups according to a specified criterion
    synchronous operation
    operations that are initiated predictably by a clock
    threshold operation
    an operation performed on operands in order to obtain the value of a threshold function
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    preparing or putting through a prescribed procedure
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