File Format

A file format is a representation type of data that organizes the data inside a file. The type of format is often associated and identified with a file extension (e.g. .csv). This representation allows software adapted to the formats in question to be able to decode information contained in the file, as well as interoperability between software or other computer programs.

Choose an appropriate file format has a paramount importance in the context of data processing. Because depending of the use cases, some formats are more suitable than others due to their specificities. For example, CSV is a very understandable and widely used format despite its lack of formalism.

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