Data Compression

Definition updated on November 2023

What is data compression?

The technique of altering, encoding, or converting data's bit structure such that it takes up less space on storage is known as data compression. It permits one or more data instances or elements' storage sizes to be decreased. Other names for data compression include source coding and bit-rate reduction. Data compression makes it possible to transport data objects and files quickly through networks and the Internet while maximizing the use of physical storage space. Data communications, in particular, make extensive use of data compression in computing services and solutions. In order to reduce the size of the data, data compression uses a variety of compressing methods and software applications. In order to minimize the size of the data, a common data compression approach replaces and removes repetitive data elements and symbols.

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