Cognitive Science

Cognitive Science

Thinking can best be understood in terms of representational structures in the mind and computational procedures that operate on those structures

Data

Data

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Data is raw, unorganized facts or figures that need to be processed. Data can be something simple and seemingly random and useless until it is organized. When data is processed, organized, structured or presented - to make it meaningful or useful - it is called information. Information provides context for data.‚Äč

Etymology

"Data" comes from a singular Latin word, datum, which originally meant "something given." Its early usage dates back to the 1600s.

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Data is a strange element. Some researchers think that matter consists from data. That is a humongous claim and difficult to prove. However, information does consist from data, according to the information theory. Information theory, however, does not consider message importance or meaning, as these are matters of the quality of data.

Data is uncomprehensible until it is comprehended. Unlike digital bits processed by a computer, the mind can understand data in various ways; based on style, subjective outlook, and probabilities. Thus, data can be understood in multiple ways (though data itself is stable). Exact data would form absolute knowledge.

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