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3: Types of Data

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    To process data it is not enough just to obtain them. You need to convert it to the appropriate format, typically to numbers. Since Galileo Galilei, who urged to “measure what can be measured, and make measurable what cannot be measured”, European science aggregated tremendous experience in transferring surrounding events into numbers. Most of our instruments are devices which translate environment features (e.g., temperature, distance) to the numerical language.

    3: Types of Data is shared under a Public Domain license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Alexey Shipunov via source content that was edited to conform to the style and standards of the LibreTexts platform; a detailed edit history is available upon request.