CIS 512 Week 2 Discussion - 96189

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  1. Lossless and lossy are the two (2) universally known categories of compression algorithms. Compare the two (2) categories of algorithms, and determine the major advantages and disadvantages of each. Provide one (1) example of a type of data for which each is best suited.

     Data compression algorithms fall into two categories, lossless or lossy. A lossless algorithm enables data to be compressed and through the use of an inverse algorithm application, compressed data can be restored to its original form. As our textbook explains, “Lossy data compression algorithms operate on the assumption that the user can accept a certain amount of data degradation as a trade-off for the savings in a critical resource such as storage requirements or data transmission time.” (Englander, 2014, p.