Data processing is a series of operations that use information to produce a result. Common data processing operations include validation, sorting, classification, calculation, interpretation, organization and transformation of data. The following are illustrative examples of data processing.
ElectronicsA digital camera converts raw data from a sensor into a photo file by applying a series of algorithms based on a color model.A stock trading application converts data representing millions of stock trades into a graph that can be quickly understood by a trader.
IntegrationAn integration process moves data from one system to another. This involves a process of transferring and transforming the format of the data.A telecom billing system calculates the monthly charges for customers based on factors such as the customer's service plan and their data usage for the month. The charges are summarized as a document that is mailed to customers. The entire process is automated with a billing team monitoring it.
TransactionsA banking website accepts a money transfer request from a user by validating it and formatting it to be processed by a backend system.
MediaA website accepts user submitted media such as videos and converts it to a standard format for display to users.
CommunicationA messaging tool encrypts a message before sending it using an encryption algorithm and a public key.
Artificial IntelligenceA self driving car uses real time data from sensors to detect if there are pedestrians ahead. This is done by applying models that were developed through a process of machine learning whereby an artificial intelligence examined millions of hours of sensor data to practice detecting pedestrians.
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