Describe the distinctions of data and information and briefly explain the process a computer uses

Describe the distinctions of data and information and briefly explain the process a computer uses

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Data is unprocessed information. For example, a retail store might keep track of each sales transaction. The list of transactions with product sold, quantity, time and date is data. It can’t be used by humans to make business decisions or provide understanding. Information is summarized, processed, or organized data. My computer information system, which might consist of a database of spreadsheet, can
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Unformatted text preview: summarize the sales data for me by computing counts of the number of sales, totals, and averages. It can calculate the average sales of a certain product for example, to show which products have the highest volumes over time. This is information, as it can be used by managers to make decisions and understand their business....
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This note was uploaded on 09/20/2010 for the course ANM 8739 taught by Professor Morgan during the Spring '10 term at Alabama A&M University.

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