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What is Unstructured Data?

Definition of Unstructured Data

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What is Unstructured Data?

Unstructured data refers to data that does not have a specific format or schema, such as text, images, audio, and video. It is not organized in a specific way and is often unformatted or semi-formatted, making it difficult to search, query, and analyze. Unstructured data can be stored in various forms such as text files, images, audio and video files, and social media posts.

Examples of unstructured data include:

  • Text data such as emails, customer reviews, and news articles.
  • Image data such as photographs and videos.
  • Audio and video data such as podcasts and videos.
  • Social media data such as tweets, posts, and comments.

Unstructured data requires specialized techniques such as natural language processing, computer vision, and speech recognition to extract insights. It can be used in various fields such as healthcare, finance, and marketing to extract insights and improve decision-making.

It is important to note that unstructured data is different from structured data, which has a well-defined format, such as rows and columns in a table and it is easily query and analyzed using SQL or other programming languages.

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