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Let's say I am collecting information on a topic 'a' from different sources (1, 2, 3).

Each source may give me one or more pieces of data: 1a, 1a', 2a, 2a', 2a'', 3a.

As I examine this data, I realise that some are more relevant than others, while some are completely irrelevant. I produce a final list of: 3a, 2a', 1a, 1a'.

Is there a single verb or expression that describes this process?

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From the free dictionary:

to compile To put together or compose from materials gathered from several sources: compile an encyclopedia.

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'collate' may be appropriate. If you want the sense of dropping irrelevant ones, then 'filter' may be better.

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