Definition updated on November 2023

What is fingerprinting in data?

A fingerprinting system is a process that reduces an arbitrarily big data item to a much shorter bit string, or "fingerprint," that, for all intents and purposes, uniquely identifies the original data, just as a person's fingerprint does. It is possible to de-duplicate (a method for getting rid of duplicates of repeated data that are duplicated) data using this fingerprint. File fingerprinting, data fingerprinting, and structured data fingerprinting are other names for this. In order to minimize the comparison and transfer of large amounts of data, fingerprints are frequently utilized.

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