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I precalculate data and store it in a static table and call this process 'caching' but that doesn't seem correct based on a quick dictionary search (hiding, concealing) I'm just saving the data statically to avoid the process time to make the calculation. Is there a more appropriate term/word?

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I voted to close because I think you would get better help from Programmers or StackOverflow. They would probably know what the usual lingo is. –  KitFox Apr 27 '12 at 18:44
    
@KitFox, yep, quick response in Programmers, thx –  Chris Apr 27 '12 at 18:57
    
You can provide the link to your post on programmersSE. –  Kris Apr 27 '12 at 19:03
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The generic term initialization, "The process of preparing something to begin" or "An assignment of an initial value for a data object or variable" is often used for such activity. The terms precalculate ("To calculate in advance") and precalculation ("A calculation performed in advance") also are perfectly adequate, even if the pre-calculation program stores the data into a file rather than handing it off directly to the program that consumes it. Also, pre-generate and pre-generation apparently are used quite commonly.

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You could call it buffering. Typically, data that is pre-fetched is buffered until actual processing takes place.

At the same time, 'cache' is not wrong. It is recognized in CS as (a small local) storage for near-instant access.

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You could say you're populating the table.

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