Data: How to Define Basic Facts & Numerical Values

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Data is an interpretable representation of information formalized in a manner suited for reinterpretation, often the context of multiple parties. Examples of data include sequences of bits, characters on webpages, and even spreadsheets.

Example Types of Data

Data can represent a wide range of sources, applicable uses, and interpretations. Each type of data may require a unique interpreative approach to accurately communicate the underlying represented information. Examples of the different types of data include the following:

  • Research Data
  • Observational Data
  • Simulation Data
  • Analytical Data
  • Physical Data

Different types of data have one thing in common-they are raw forms. These are uninterpretted values such as heart beats per minute, stock prices at a given interval, or signals from deep space. A functional synonym of data are “facts” which describes the unopinioned and unbiased nature of data.

Zαck West
BSc Computer Science, BSc Technology Education. Life-long learner and entrepreneur specializing in design, digital marketing, and web app development. Fascinated by natural systems, concurrency, and the nature of consciousness.