automatic data processing

n. (ADP, abbr.)The use of computers to analyze, organize, store, retrieve, and manipulate data, and to report the results of those operations, especially with a minimum of human intervention or assistance.


Ralston 1976, p. 425 Automatic data processing (ADP) [is] closely analogous to EDP [electronic data processing], since it is intended to distinguish computer data processing from data processing where significant human assistance or intervention is required.