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I would like to know if there is a technical term for doing the following to a list.

I have a list of field names that contains duplications, as follows:

AA002
AA003
AA003
AA005
AA007
AA007
AA008

I have software that will "collapse" this list to an unduplicated set as follows:

AA002
AA003
AA005
AA007
AA008

I wish to know what the technical term is for the "collapsing" process.  Or, just what do records management people call it while standing around the water cooler?

Thanks much,

Ron


                   Ronald Gage Allan
                   Assistant to the Dean for
                   Research and Data Services
                   Office of Student Financial Services
                   Georgetown University
                   Washington, DC 20057

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