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Definition of Raw Data

(noun) Unanalyzed data.

Examples of Raw Data

  • interview audio
  • uncoded survey results

Raw Data Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: raw da·ta

Audio Pronunciation

– American English
– British English

Phonetic Spelling

  • American English – /rAW dAY-tuh/
  • British English – /rAW dAY-tuh/

International Phonetic Alphabet

  • American English – /rɑ ˈdeɪtə/
  • British English – /rɔː ˈdeɪtə/

Usage Notes

  • Also called:
    • primary data
    • source data

Additional Information

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Cite the Definition of Raw Data

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “raw data.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved June 7, 2020 (http://sociologydictionary.org/raw-data/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

raw data. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from http://sociologydictionary.org/raw-data/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “raw data.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed June 7, 2020. http://sociologydictionary.org/raw-data/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“raw data.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 7 Jun. 2020. <http://sociologydictionary.org/raw-data/>.