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Can I say part data instead of splitting data?

"To keep tracking of this, part data, checking incoming packets, generating header, etc, many mechanisms are available to facilitate the communication between the client and server."

https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=part+data%2C+split+data&year_start=1800&year_end=2000&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2Cpart%20data%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Csplit%20data%3B%2Cc0

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  • Synonyms rarely have total overlap of their distributions (a powerful computer and strong tea, but not ...). Unless technobabble has overtaken us in this example, you can't substitute parting for splitting here. Commented Feb 2, 2015 at 20:58
  • When you say "part data" most people will wonder whether they're auto parts or parts of some other device.
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Feb 2, 2015 at 21:40
  • You can part your hair, you can part with* something or someone, and Moses could part the Red Sea, but I can't think of many other contexts where part is used to mean splitting something.
    – Barmar
    Commented Feb 2, 2015 at 23:00

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You may be looking for parsing data, because I don't see how either splitting data or parting data could work in this context.

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  • There are many references to 'data splitting' on the internet. Commented Feb 2, 2015 at 22:42
  • Oh absolutely! I'm not trying to argue otherwise, I just don't see it in this context. The jargon could be throwing me. Commented Feb 2, 2015 at 23:33
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Your question would be a little easier to answer if it had more information. Nevertheless, based on the quote you provided, I believe you are writing about Layer 4, the Transport Layer, of the OSI Model.

"To keep tracking of this, part data, checking incoming packets, generating header, etc, many mechanisms are available to facilitate the communication between the client and server."

I believe you are writing about Layer 4 because that layer verifies delivery of packets of data and sequences the packets ("checking incoming packets"), and to do those things it must add information to the packets of data as a header ("generating header"). Finally, if the data to be transmitted is too large for the protocol's maximum size, then the protocol at Layer 4 divides the data into smaller portions. The technical term for this process is segmentation.

If you are in fact speaking about a technical process, then it is poor style to deviate from established terms with specific, technical meanings. @EditingInStyle is correct, however, that "parsing" is typically the go-to word for dividing data when speaking about computers.

If you are writing about packet/data segmentation, however, then parsing, splitting, and parting are all incorrect terms. The data itself is not parsed, split, or parted: it is segmented for transmission but the segmentation is transparent to the client and to the server. Compare to the process of splitting a database of employees into two databases: one for men and one for women. In that instance, the data is split.

Conclusion: if you are writing about data transmission protocols, then it is almost certain that the only appropriate word is segmentation.

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    Yup, parsing was a guess since I didn't know what he was trying to say, but could tell the other words weren't quite right. Segmentation is much more likely to be the correct answer here. Commented Feb 4, 2015 at 5:14
  • I taught the OSI Model at a technical school, so I had a small advantage here. :) It is the most difficult material in that particular course, so I very much understand how hard it is to explain the model. Commented Feb 4, 2015 at 5:37

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