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GIGO

An initialism for "garbage in, garbage out," meaning that having inferior or erroneous materials, information, instructions, etc., at the beginning of a process will yield inferior or incorrect results. Said especially of data and computer systems. When used properly, these automation services can expedite the process tenfold, but only if the people running them are putting in the correct information from the outset—GIGO. All the skill in the world won't help if you are cooking a dish with bad ingredients. As they say in the computer industry, GIGO.

GIGO

phr. garbage in, garbage out. (see also DIDO.) The program failed, and I know it’s my fault. You know, GIGO.
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The unavoidable reality of GIGO along with our composite 'pre-conversion' system perspective underscores the importance for conveying system design to become even more tightly integrated with its ultimate destination, the proportioning system.
GIGO (Garbage In, Garbage Out), developed by the University of California, Davis.
As my friends in information management are fond of saying, GIGO -- garbage in, garbage out.
Computer systems, it is said, are subject to the GIGO principle: Garbage In, Garbage Out.
A test engineer at the Lockheed Missiles Space Center, Sunnyvale, CA, is worried about bureaucracy impending high technology: "Most computer systems are poorly implemented and overly worshipped for their GIGO (garbage in, garbage out) reports.
Because I could not see how his equation system could have been altered to make it complete and internally consistent without radical reformulation, I retained a deep suspicion that his big book was nothing more than a monument to the GIGO principle--garbage in, garbage out.
If your organization is one that does not have an active, authorized and responsible data governance program, you run the risk of achieving GIGO.
The unavoidable reality of GIGO along with our "pre-conversion" system perspective underscores the importance of conveying-system design becoming even more tightly integrated with its ultimate destination, the proportioning system.
But, under the principle of GIGO (Garbage In, Garbage Out,) faulty inputs lead to mistakes, including irrational demands on ourselves and others: with inaccurate data, we instead just "should" all over ourselves and each other.
The GIGO factor is also very relevant as these programs' databases are woefully unsubstantiated and typically too cheap.