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In technical analysis, **support and resistance** is a concept that the movement of the price of a security will tend to stop and reverse at certain predetermined price levels. These levels are denoted by multiple touches of price without a breakthrough of the level.

A **support level** is a level where the price tends to find support as it falls. This means the price is more likely to "bounce" off this level rather than break through it. However, once the price has breached this level, by an amount exceeding some noise, it is likely to continue falling until meeting another support level.

A **resistance level** is the opposite of a support level. It is where the price tends to find resistance as it rises. This means the price is more likely to "bounce" off this level rather than break through it. However, once the price has breached this level, by an amount exceeding some noise, it is likely to continue rising until meeting another resistance level.

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In mathematics, the **support** of a function is the set of points where the function is not zero-valued or, in the case of functions defined on a topological space, the closure of that set. This concept is used very widely in mathematical analysis. In the form of functions with support that is bounded, it also plays a major part in various types of mathematical duality theories.

Suppose that *f* : *X* → **R** is a real-valued function whose domain is an arbitrary set *X*. The **set-theoretic support** of *f*, written **supp( f)**, is the set of points in

The support of *f* is the smallest subset of *X* with the property that *f* is zero on the subset's complement, meaning that the non-zero values of *f* "live" on supp(f). If *f*(*x*) = 0 for all but a finite number of points *x* in *X*, then *f* is said to have **finite support**.

If the set *X* has an additional structure (for example, a topology), then the support of *f* is defined in an analogous way as the smallest subset of *X* of an appropriate type such that *f* vanishes in an appropriate sense on its complement. The notion of support also extends in a natural way to functions taking values in more general sets than **R** and to other objects, such as measures or distributions.

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In computing, a **data segment** (often denoted **.data**) is a portion of an object file or the corresponding virtual address space of a program that contains initialized static variables, that is, global variables and static local variables. The size of this segment is determined by the size of the values in the program's source code, and does not change at run time.

The data segment is read-write, since the values of variables can be altered at run time. This is in contrast to the *read-only data segment* (*rodata segment* or *.rodata*), which contains static constants rather than variables; it also contrasts to the code segment, also known as the text segment, which is read-only on many architectures. Uninitialized data, both variables and constants, is instead in the BSS segment.

Historically, to be able to support memory address spaces larger than the native size of the internal address register would allow, early CPUs implemented a system of segmentation whereby they would store a small set of indexes to use as offsets to certain areas. The Intel 8086 family of CPUs provided four segments: the code segment, the data segment, the stack segment and the extra segment. Each segment was placed at a specific location in memory by the software being executed and all instructions that operated on the data within those segments were performed relative to the start of that segment. This allowed a 16-bit address register, which would normally provide 64KiB (65536 bytes) of memory space, to access a 1MiB (1048576 bytes) address space.

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**DATA** were an electronic music band created in the late 1970s by Georg Kajanus, creator of such bands as Eclection, Sailor and Noir (with Tim Dry of the robotic/music duo Tik and Tok). After the break-up of Sailor in the late 1970s, Kajanus decided to experiment with electronic music and formed DATA, together with vocalists Francesca ("Frankie") and Phillipa ("Phil") Boulter, daughters of British singer John Boulter.

The classically orientated title track of DATA’s first album, *Opera Electronica*, was used as the theme music to the short film, *Towers of Babel* (1981), which was directed by Jonathan Lewis and starred Anna Quayle and Ken Campbell. *Towers of Babel* was nominated for a BAFTA award in 1982 and won the Silver Hugo Award for Best Short Film at the Chicago International Film Festival of the same year.

DATA released two more albums, the experimental *2-Time* (1983) and the Country & Western-inspired electronica album *Elegant Machinery* (1985). The title of the last album was the inspiration for the name of Swedish pop synth group, elegant MACHINERY, formerly known as Pole Position.

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The word * data* has generated considerable controversy on if it is a singular, uncountable noun, or should be treated as the plural of the now-rarely-used

In one sense, *data* is the plural form of *datum*. *Datum* actually can also be a count noun with the plural *datums* (see usage in datum article) that can be used with cardinal numbers (e.g. "80 datums"); *data* (originally a Latin plural) is not used like a normal count noun with cardinal numbers and can be plural with such plural determiners as *these* and *many* or as a singular abstract mass noun with a verb in the singular form.
Even when a very small quantity of data is referenced (one number, for example) the phrase *piece of data* is often used, as opposed to *datum*. The debate over appropriate usage continues, but "data" as a singular form is far more common.

In English, the word *datum* is still used in the general sense of "an item given". In cartography, geography, nuclear magnetic resonance and technical drawing it is often used to refer to a single specific reference datum from which distances to all other data are measured. Any measurement or result is a *datum*, though *data point* is now far more common.

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