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Multilingual Demographic Dictionary, second unified edition, English volume


Multilingual Demographic Dictionary, second unified edition, English vol.
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Mechanical  (MECHANICAL)

The process of obtaining statistical data from documents not primarily designed for this purpose is called extraction 1. In general, whatever its source, statistical information is subjected to processing 2 which may be manual 3, mechanical 4, electronic 5 or a combination of these modes. Manual processing involves no equipment more complex than the desk calculator 6. Electronic processing uses computers (132-2*). Regardless of the mode of processing, certain types of operations 7 must be performed including editing 8 of the data, tabulation (130-6*) and calculation (132-2) and table preparation 9. These operations are made more or less complex depending on the mode of processing which is selected.

  • 1. Extraction, n. - extract, v.
  • 2. Processing, n. - process, v. The terms to process information, data processing, are used widely.
  • 8. Editing, n. - edit, v. In English, the term refers to an operation performed either on the basic document or on the machine - readable data, to correct inconsistencies or eliminate omissions. In French, edition refers to the stage of table preparation.