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In computer programming, I'm looking for a word to describe values that are not calculated or deduced based on other values. The only word came to mind is 'authentic' but it seems far-fetching. What are my options?

Edit: Thanks for the answers and comments but 'constant' is not what I am trying to express. I want to say this value is not a 'calculated column' (database metaphor) or a transformation of another pre-existing value, instead, the value carries unique information that if you delete this value, some information is lost whereas if you delete a calculated value, nothing is lost as long as you have the formula.

Maybe 'raw' is the best fit here?

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  • Such a value sounds like a constant, I think. Aug 8, 2014 at 23:54
  • Constant sounds like what you're looking for. I never thought I'd say this here but would you like to put up some sample code to make sure?
    – Niall
    Aug 9, 2014 at 0:31
  • Raw data or input data perhaps.
    – Pockets
    Aug 9, 2014 at 0:36
  • Ah, you might say it is a fundamental value and not a derived value.
    – Jim
    Aug 9, 2014 at 0:36
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    @NS.X. now that your context is more specific, I'm loath to suggest "independent", as it's not exactly the best fit for your situation. I don't know what you mean by "agnostic to", but the concept of mutability is quite different from what you're discussing here. Given what you've described, I would go with raw data.
    – Pockets
    Aug 9, 2014 at 0:41

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My best guess would be an independent variable or an unattached variable.

Note that these are NOT technical computer programming terms.

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Some words have very specific meanings within computer programming. Below are some standard(-ish) definitions. constant and static are keywords in many languages, with precise meanings. I would steer clear from using them unless they fit your needs exactly. persistent and fixed are not common keywords, and are open to interpretation depending on use.

A Constant is a variable that will never change.

A Static variable is one whose value does not differ between instances of a class.

Persistent means that it exists both before and after some event that would otherwise reset the value, like a page load, or a restart.

Fixed means 'unchanging'.

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original value is usually uncalculated, unbiased and untransformed, which gives the sense of rawness.

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I would use fixed values.
Variables are usually dependent on other values or calculations, while fixed values are not.

X=5
(X is fixed)

Y=a(determined elsewhere)+4
(Y is variable)

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