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Data

Data is the raw material that you use and work with on computers. For instance, data might be a list of figures for a spreadsheet, a daily diet for the year or a collection of quotations. You would use a computer program of some sort to manipulate and make use of the data. Data is entered into a program for processing. Data is also the term for the results of a program that are given back to the user, either displayed on the screen or printed out or sent to a file.

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