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flow chart

, sheet
a diagrammatic representation of the sequence of operations or equipment in an industrial process, computer program, etc.
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flow chart

[′flō ‚chärt]
(engineering)
A graphical representation of the progress of a system for the definition, analysis, or solution of a data-processing or manufacturing problem in which symbols are used to represent operations, data or material flow, and equipment, and lines and arrows represent interrelationships among the components. Also known as control diagram; flow diagram; flow sheet.
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flow chart

A graphical representation of the steps taken in defining, analyzing, and solving a problem or undertaking an activity.
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flow chart

(programming)
An archaic form of visual control-flow specification employing arrows and "speech balloons" of various shapes.

Hackers never use flow charts, consider them extremely silly, and associate them with COBOL programmers, card wallopers, and other lower forms of life. This attitude follows from the observations that flow charts (at least from a hacker's point of view) are no easier to read than code, are less precise, and tend to fall out of sync with the code (so that they either obfuscate it rather than explaining it, or require extra maintenance effort that doesn't improve the code).

See also Program Design Language.
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flowchart

A graphical representation of the sequence of operations in an information system or program. Information system flowcharts show how data flows from source documents through the computer to final distribution to users. Program flowcharts show the sequence of instructions in a single program or subroutine. Different symbols are used to draw each type of flowchart.


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Some knowledge is algorithmic and can therefore be flow charted. Such knowledge can be expressed as a routine in any procedural programming language.
Timeliness are also a helpful part of a flow chart. Noting the dates particular events are to occur with each step will help keep your program on schedule.
* Burr, John T., "The Tools of Quality Part I: Going with the Flow Chart," Quality Progress, June 1990, pp.
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"We wanted to find a way of making the information easy to understand, and a flow chart seemed the best way to achieve our goal."
A large flow chart behind the extrusion machines charts how much time has been taken out of the process.
He suggested breaking down accidents into a cause-and-effect flow chart. He said by examining every variable within the situation, you'll prompt answers and see how to avoid similar accidents in the future.
The 22 tools/techniques are as follows: the activity network diagram; the affinity diagram; brainstorming; building consensus; building a glossary of terms; the cause-and-effect diagram; the column flow chart; the correlation chart; data displays; dot voting methods; the fishbone chart; the Gantt chart; the interrelationship diagraph; the nominal group technique; the Pareto chart; the prioritization matrix; the process flow chart; process mapping; process task spreadsheets; the radar chart; the scatter diagram; and service mapping.
When developing a series of process FMEAs, a complete manufacturing flow chart must be generated.
During this process, the system is said to automatically create and display a flow chart detailing the steps the system will follow when running.
This resulted in development of an operational flow chart. The chart (Fig.