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sift

[sift]
(computer science)
To extract certain desired information items from a large quantity of data.

SIFT

SHARE Internal Fortran Translator. Translation utility designed for converting Fortran II to Fortran IV. The word "sift" was often used as a verb to describe converting code from one language to another. Sammet 1969, p.153.
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The most successful method is wet sifting," Cox says, demonstrating it himself.
I believe we found fewer body parts in the last months because we were sifting through the debris from the bottom floors of the World Trade Center, and the people who had been on those floors either escaped or their entire bodies were crushed, leaving no bones.
On that day, sifting occurred along the trail approximately 15 feet from the petroglyph panel.
Set crosswise, they fit down into the wheelbarrow tub enough to be secure, but high enough to give room for whatever you are sifting.
Today's automated sifting litter boxes are dark and cramped inside because they're enclosed, which is why cats don't like them.
Sifting through the intentionally tangled trails left by the era's sexy stars, McLellan uncovers gems like Marlene Dietrich's affair with Greta Garbo--one that apparently affected both women so strongly, they pretended for the rest of their lives that they had never met.
With The Investor 3000 software tool, a trader can get a short list of potential trading candidates each morning without having to spend hours sifting though earnings data.
Two men and a woman killed in a plane crash off the Malibu coast were identified Monday, as investigators began the painstaking process of sifting through the wreckage.
Again, this significantly magnifies the cost and complexity of sifting through information.
It involves taking in linguistic information, sifting through memories, making comparisons and solving problems.
We've found old, square-headed nails, burnt adobe, melted glass and burnt seeds and beans,'' said Tamara Whitley, one of a team of archeologists sifting through the soil in back of the adobe.