Glossary

accuracy—A qualitative assessment of freedom from error, or a quantitative measure of the magnitude of error, expressed as a function of relative error.

ad hoc processing—One-time-only, casual access and manipulation of data on parameters never before used and usually done in a heuristic, iterative manner.

alternate storage—Storage other than disk-based storage used to hold bulk amounts of relatively inactive storage.

analytical processing—Using the computer to produce an analysis for a management decision that usually involves trend analysis, drill-down analysis, demographic analysis, and profiling.

application database—A collection of data organized to support a specific application.

attribute—A property that can assume values for ...

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