garbage in, garbage out

Garbage is a colloquial term in data processing for ‘incorrect input’ which will, according to the proverb, inevitably produce faulty output. The acronymic form GIGO is also found.

1964 CIS Glossary of Automated Typesetting & Related Computer Terms (Composition Information Services, LA.) 15 The relationship between input and output is sometimes—when input is incorrect—tersely noted by the expression ‘garbage in, garbage out’.

1966 E. J. & J. A. MCCARTHY Integrated Data Processing Systems v. Many data processing departments put their best operators on verifiers because they wish to avoid the effect of the GIGO principle (Garbage In—Garbage Out).

1987 Washington Times 10 Sept. F4 The computer rule, ‘garbage in, garbage out’ applies to the human mind just as much as it does to the computer.

1996 Washington Times 26 Feb. A19 This brings into play the old computer-industry dictum: Garbage In, Garbage Out.


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  • garbage in, garbage out — (GIGO) quality of the input entered into a computer affects the quality of its output …   English contemporary dictionary

  • garbage in, garbage out — If a computer system or database is built badly, then the results will be bad …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • Garbage In, Garbage Out — GIGO (Garbage In, Garbage Out), ist ein Axiom aus der Informatik, welches besagt, dass ein System ungültige Ausgaben produziert, wenn die Eingabe ungültig war. Dies bezieht sich ursprünglich auf Software, aber auch auf andere Systeme. Entstanden… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Garbage in, garbage out. — mainly American something you say which means that something produced from materials of low quality will also be of low quality. The meals are pretty poor but then they never use fresh ingredients garbage in, garbage out …   New idioms dictionary

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  • garbage in, garbage out —    If a computer system or database is built badly, then the results will be bad.   (Dorking School Dictionary) …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

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