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recoding

n.

1. the translation of material from one form into another. For example, to facilitate memory, a series of random digits (e.g., 239812389712) could be recoded as a series of four-digit prices ($23.98, $12.38, $97.12), thereby making the series much easier to recall. See chunking; elaboration.

2. a manipulation of an original variable in a data set so that it can be used in a different way in future analysis (e.g., reverse keying items, collapsing many categories into a few). See also transformation. —recode vb.

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heteronomous

adj. under the control of or influenced by various external factors. Compare autonomous.