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n. ~ A mathematical value used in a simple error-detection method to verify data.


A checksum is calculated from the data using a known formula that returns a single-digit value and is stored with the data. At any point the checksum can be recalculated to see if the value has changed. The final digit in a universal product code (UPC) is a checksum calculated from the two five-digit parts. The checksum is calculated during scanning, and if the calculated checksum does not match the checksum printed in the bar code, the scan is incorrect. The use of a parity bit is a very simple checksum.

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