automatic data processing

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automatic data processing

[¦ȯd·ə¦mad·ik ¦dad·ə ′präs‚əs·iŋ]
(engineering)
The machine performance, with little or no human assistance, of any of a variety of tasks involving informational data; examples include automatic and responsive reading, computation, writing, speaking, directing artillery, and the running of an entire factory. Abbreviated ADP.
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