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number cruncher

1. A person who works primarily with large, numerous, or complex mathematical equations. I didn't realize you had to be a number cruncher in this job. I'm finding it really overwhelming! I leave the more serious computations to the number crunchers in the accounting department.
2. A computer capable of performing very large or complicated mathematical calculations. The company's newest number cruncher is designed to process huge amounts of data mined from millions of their customers.
3. A computer program designed to perform very large or complicated mathematical calculations. We used to process all these data manually, but eventually I decided to create a number cruncher to do it for us.
See also: cruncher, number

number-cruncher

1. n. someone who works with figures; an accountant. The number-crunchers are trying to get the annual report ready.
2. n. a large and powerful computer. (Computers.) They traded in the old computer for a powerful number-cruncher.

number cruncher

Also, number crunching. An individual or machine that calculates and analyzes large amounts of data. Dating from the 1960s, the term originally was applied to a computer, but it soon was transferred to accountants or statisticians. It is sometimes used perjoratively, implying mechanical counting with lack of imagination. Time used it (June 28, 2010): “Attack of the Math Brats. How a generation of number-crunching online upstarts has come to dominate high-stakes professional poker.”
See also: cruncher, number
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The assembled number-crunchers told Greenspan, "'We are doing it the way we've always done it, so the numbers have to be right,'" continued Bennett.
The Capital Bank of Little Rock has entertained several number-crunchers in hopes of striking a deal to sell.
For those number-crunchers looking forward to tax-return season, here's an event to get the blood flowing: the Internal Revenue Service is holding a seminar on electronic filing of tax returns.
Only Mr Bowen's persistence and his willingness to risk his own health has persuaded those same number-crunchers to look beyond their spread sheets and evaluate the real cost of denying his son the operation.
Whether they still regard the deal as value for money, only the number-crunchers know.
McEvoy of Janney Montgomery Scott commented,"At the moment, it seems to be a victory of the number-crunchers versus the merchandisers.
Because when government number-crunchers collect trade data they ignore the sale of U.S.
Number-crunchers and others may wonder why the forest-acreage figures used in this special section don't add up or don't agree with figures they may have seen elsewhere.
Tesco fell to 27.3 per cent from 27.7 per cent a year earlier, while Sainsbury's and Asda were level on 15.2 per cent, said industry number-crunchers at Kantar.
Number-crunchers Kantar said takings dipped 0.2%, with its market share falling to 15.6%.
There are 134 generals, admirals and air marshals but 824 number-crunchers and 153 trainees, with an annual cost of PS30million.
The Birmingham Mail commented on how Manchester and London are perceived as being more trendy than Birmingham, adding 'more fool the blinkered number-crunchers who make such decisions'.
Under new rules, the Commission will be able to send in number-crunchers from Eurostat, its statistical office, to vet figures from any member state, subject to strict criteria.
Government number-crunchers gather all of the information, add an inflationary element, and the result determines what each council will receive.
NEARLY 2 MILLION COLOMBIANS currently use the Internet, ranging from high school students to central bank number-crunchers. That's only 5% of the population, but it makes up the third largest Internet community in Latin America, behind Brazil and Mexico.