- August 21, 2003 at 5:32 pm #33120
Sorry somehow my message got posted in mid sentence…my question is, would you say “Data is used to….” or “Data are used to….” Webster says both are correct. But I’m trying to produce an internal publication and having some questions as to which way it is most often used within the Six Sigma “world”.
Ps multiple opinions would be great.August 21, 2003 at 7:08 pm #89088
This is from the dictionary (any eventual misspelling or misstyping is mine!)
This IS a data based post!!! :-)
Hope this helps.August 22, 2003 at 3:43 am #89109
“Data are used to….” is the correct way. Data is plural. Datum is one single data-point. Likewise, it is “The data show…..” not “The data shows”.
Anyway, hope that helps
August 22, 2003 at 5:01 am #89113
My money is on “Data is used…..”.
This is because while data is a plural – it is a collective – it doesn’t use an ‘s’.
For example do we ever say “The Fleet (of ships) are used for….??
The “is” seems to sound better.
My two bits.
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