Data validation and verification

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Validation and verification are two ways to check that the data entered into a computer is correct.Data [data:information without context, eg a list of students with numbers beside their names is data, when it's made clear that those numbers represent their placing in a 100 metre race, the data becomes information ]entered incorrectly is of little use.


Validationis an automatic computer check to ensure that the data entered is sensible and reasonable. It does not check the accuracy of data.

For example, a secondary school student is likely to be aged between 11 and 16. The computer can be programmed only to accept numbers between 11 and 16. This is arangecheck.

However, this does not guarantee that the number typed in is correct. For example, a student's age might be 14, but if 11 is entered it will be valid but incorrect.

Types of validation

There are a number of validation types that can be used to check the data that is being…


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