noun[treated as singular or plural]
- Police time will then be spent collecting together the data and providing statistics that indicate the ethnicity of those stopped.
- These programs are used to edit and prepare the collected data for analysis.
- Web surveys have reduced the cost of data collection and made data analysis more efficient.
- Argote gives the example of old recordings of film or data stored on magnetic tape.
- The transmitting modem translates digital computer data into analog signals that can be carried over a phone line.
- The coherent light beams could lead to ultrafast computer circuitry that transmits data optically.
- The roots of relativism lie not in empirical data but in certain epistemological and metaphysical preconceptions.
- The other is that he had come to make a virtue of the fact that the basic data of knowledge are never certain, but at best merely credible to some degree.
- How do sense-data differ from other data, e.g. from those of memory or introspection?
In Latin, data is the plural of datum and, historically and in specialized scientific fields, it is also treated as a plural in English, taking a plural verb, as in the data were collected and classified. In modern nonscientific use, however, it is generally not treated as a plural. Instead, it is treated as a mass noun, similar to a word like information, which takes a singular verb. Sentences such as data was collected over a number of years are now widely accepted in standard English.