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1. Parse

No, this is not a typo of the word "sparse." To parse text means to break it up into smaller parts. The term is commonly used in computer science to refer to reading programming code. For example, after a program is written, whether it be in C++, Java, or any other language, the code needs to be parsed by the complier in order to be compiled. Web scripts, written in scripting languages such as Perl or PHP, need to be parsed on the Web server so that they can output the correct HTML to a user's browser.

Parsing can also mean breaking up ordinary text. For example, search engines typically parse search phrases entered by users so that they can more accurately search for each word. Some programs can parse text documents and extract certain information like names or addresses. Spreadsheet programs can turn formatted documents into tables with rows and columns by parsing the text. The uses of parsing are clearly not sparse.



 
 



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