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Data vs. Fact

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Datanoun

plural of datum

Factnoun

(archaic) Action; the realm of action.

Datanoun

Information, especially in a scientific or computational context, or with the implication that it is organized.

‘The raw information was processed and placed into a database so the data could be accessed more quickly.’;

Factnoun

A wrongful or criminal deed.

‘He had become an accessory after the fact.’;

Datanoun

Recorded observations that are usually presented in a structured format.

Factnoun

(obsolete) A feat or meritorious deed.

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Datanoun

(computing) A representation of facts or ideas in a formalized manner capable of being communicated or manipulated by some process.

Factnoun

An honest observation.

Datanoun

(mobile telephony) Digital information such as images or web pages transmitted using the cellular telephone network rather than wifi.

‘run out of data’;

Factnoun

Something actual as opposed to invented.

‘In this story, the Gettysburg Address is a fact, but the rest is fiction.’;

Data

See Datum.

Factnoun

Something which is real.

‘Gravity is a fact, not a theory.’;

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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.

Factnoun

Something which has become real.

‘The promise of television became a fact in the 1920s.’;

Data

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.

Factnoun

Something concrete used as a basis for further interpretation.

‘Let's look at the facts of the case before deciding.’;

Datanoun

a collection of facts from which conclusions may be drawn;

‘statistical data’;

Factnoun

An objective consensus on a fundamental reality that has been agreed upon by a substantial number of experts.

‘There is no doubting the fact that the Earth orbits the Sun.’;

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Data

Data are units of information, often numeric, that are collected through observation. In a more technical sense, data are a set of values of qualitative or quantitative variables about one or more persons or objects, while a datum (singular of data) is a single value of a single variable.Although the terms and are often used interchangeably, these terms have distinct meanings.

‘data’; ‘information’;

Factnoun

Information about a particular subject, especially actual conditions and/or circumstances.

‘The facts about space travel.’;

Factnoun

(databases) An individual value or measurement at the lowest level of granularity in a data warehouse.

Factinterjection

Used before making a statement to introduce it as a trustworthy one.

Factnoun

A doing, making, or preparing.

‘A project for the fact and vendingOf a new kind of fucus, paint for ladies.’;

Factnoun

An effect produced or achieved; anything done or that comes to pass; an act; an event; a circumstance.

‘What might instigate him to this devilish fact, I am not able to conjecture.’; ‘He who most excels in fact of arms.’;

Factnoun

Reality; actuality; truth; as, he, in fact, excelled all the rest; the fact is, he was beaten.

Factnoun

The assertion or statement of a thing done or existing; sometimes, even when false, improperly put, by a transfer of meaning, for the thing done, or supposed to be done; a thing supposed or asserted to be done; as, history abounds with false facts.

‘I do not grant the fact.’; ‘This reasoning is founded upon a fact which is not true.’;

Factnoun

a piece of information about circumstances that exist or events that have occurred;

‘first you must collect all the facts of the case’;

Factnoun

a statement or assertion of verified information about something that is the case or has happened;

‘he supported his argument with an impressive array of facts’;

Factnoun

an event known to have happened or something known to have existed;

‘your fears have no basis in fact’; ‘how much of the story is fact and how much fiction is hard to tell’;

Factnoun

a concept whose truth can be proved;

‘scientific hypotheses are not facts’;

Factnoun

a thing that is known or proved to be true

‘the most commonly known fact about hedgehogs is that they have fleas’; ‘he ignores some historical and economic facts’; ‘a body of fact’;

Factnoun

information used as evidence or as part of a report or news article

‘even the most inventive journalism peters out without facts, and in this case there were no facts’;

Factnoun

used to refer to a particular situation under discussion

‘despite the fact that I'm so tired, sleep is elusive’;

Factnoun

the truth about events as opposed to interpretation

‘there was a question of fact as to whether they had received the letter’;

Fact

A fact is an occurrence in the real world. The usual test for a statement of fact is verifiability—that is whether it can be demonstrated to correspond to experience.

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