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the process of interpreting data in printed, handwritten, bar-code, or other visual form by a device
(optical scanner or reader)
that scans and identifies the data.
optical character recognition
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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After the polls close, the machine-printed ballots would be counted by hand or by
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The first few days were devoted to
of the aerogel tiles.
devise to sort mail by bar code.
Election officials tally the ballots by
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There are two methods for capturing survey data from paper forms:
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reads typed and computer printed data and electronically converts it for computer processing.
The ballot is then counted by an
machine, either at the polling place or at a central location.
The disc is read by an
mechanism that uses a high-intensity light source, such as a laser.
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