from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Computer Science An informal rule holding that the integrity of output is dependent on the integrity of input.
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- Garbage In, Garbage Out. The integrity of the output is dependent on the integrity of the input
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- n. (computer science) a rule stating that the quality of the output is a function of the quality of the input; put garbage in and you get garbage out
Computer programmers use the expression GIGO for “Garbage in, garbage out,” meaning what you get out of the computer is only as good as what you program into it.
And I’d add, this poor quality data is why the term GIGO – Garbage In Garbage Out – was coined. matt
BTW, the term GIGO (Garbage In Garbage Out) was coined by programmers who finally realized that it takes LESS time to properly program (
The problem with GIGO is that while the computer spreadsheet may not know what the right numbers are, the people who input the data do, and so do those who read the results.
In computerese, this is commonly referred to as GIGO garbage in, garbage out.
Did you ever hear the expression GIGO garbage in garbage out?
Every time I hear the mantra "The Democrats looked at the same intelligence we did" from the administration, I'm reminded of the computer term GIGO: Garbage In, Garbage Out.
It seems that the computers suffer from GIGO, which is not a surprise.
The point of the show was that technology is unable to produce intelligent results without intelligent direction, a truism encapsulated in the formerly popular computer acronym GIGO, "garbage in, garbage out."
We all have to realize that the term used in software development "GIGO" – "garbage in garbage out" applies to article writing also.
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