data definition


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data definition

[′dad·ə ‚def·ə′nish·ən]
(computer science)
The statements in a computer program that specify the physical attributes of the data to be processed, such as location and quantity of data.

data definition

(1) In a source language program, the definitions of data structures (variables, arrays, fields, records, etc.).

(2) A description of the record layout in a file system or DBMS.
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Theoretically, the data-flow structural attributes in an information control net model can be formalized by the concepts of data definition and data use operations, which is so-called data-flow associations.
For example, data definitions are managed using version controlled excel documents.
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He cautions readers about the limitations and challenges in attempting cross-country comparisons due to variations in data definition, data representation, and methodology embedded in these studies.
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Coupled with a multi-vendor line, in which each machine is programmed by different software (each with its own part data definition), the result is a costly and tedious process.
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