|Definition||The conversion of data to a smaller format for storage or transmission.|
|Value||Conserving resources such as bandwidth and data storage space.|
|Related Concepts||ComputingExamples of CompressionAlgorithms|
What is Compression?
John Spacey, December 02, 2016 updated on January 15, 2023
Compression is the conversion of data to a smaller format for storage or transmission. This is commonly built into software and devices as a means of speeding up communications and conserving data storage space. Compression is typically achieved by finding patterns in data. Compression algorithms may handle any type of data or they may be specific to applications such as audio or image compression.
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