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Definition - What does Variety mean?

Variety is a 3 Vs framework component that is used to define the different data types, categories and associated management of a big data repository. Variety provides insight into the uniqueness of different classes of big data and how they are compared with other types of data.

Techopedia explains Variety

Variety defines the nature of data that exists within big data. This includes different data formats, data semantics and data structures types.

Variety is geared toward providing different techniques for resolving and managing data variety within big data, such as:

  • Indexing techniques for relating data with different and incompatible types
  • Data profiling to find interrelationships and abnormalities between data sources
  • Importing data into universally accepted and usable formats, such as Extensible Markup Language (XML)
  • Metadata management to achieve contextual data consistency
This definition was written in the context of Big Data
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