Definition of unstructured in US English:



  • Without formal organization or structure.

    ‘an unstructured interview’
    • ‘It is an ingrained ability to operate very well at the small group level on frequently unstructured problems in relatively low-tempo environments.’
    • ‘There are five times as much unstructured as structured, but we rarely manage it.’
    • ‘Behaviours at interview play a major part in determining the outcome of the job attainment process, for example nonverbal behaviours in unstructured interviews.’
    • ‘Depending on the sophistication of the application this can include structured as well as unstructured content.’
    • ‘Some interviews were unstructured, when we really sat down to talk only about reindeer herding, but I knew I could come back the day after if something was unclear.’
    • ‘The original idea for the focus group - the focused interview - was that people who were known to have had a certain experience could be interviewed in a relatively unstructured way about that experience.’
    • ‘Children's psychiatric diagnoses were based on all data supplied by the parents and children independently as well as unstructured interviews with the children.’
    • ‘The methods of data collection for the study were participant observation and unstructured interviews carried out between May 1995 and May 1997.’
    • ‘My sister was trying to plan her day tomorrow, because she has no plans for once and she starts climbing the walls after about 10 minutes of unstructured activity.’
    • ‘Some college officials see the contradiction inherent in their new efforts to offset stress and encourage the joys of reflection and unstructured time.’
    • ‘Corporate recruiters and large companies maintain their own databases of job candidates, including unstructured data such as interview notes.’
    • ‘The reason lies in the differences between structured, semi-structured and unstructured data.’
    • ‘Taxonomies, used in conjunction with company ontologies, have proven to be a highly efficient structure for organizing structured and unstructured content.’
    • ‘Spatially structured populations differ from unstructured populations in the probability of fixation and the time that this fixation takes.’
    • ‘The format permits structured and unstructured time to explore common ground and forge shared solutions to tough challenges.’
    • ‘LSI is more close to human-generated taxonomies and categorization and takes a long step in structuring unstructured data.’
    • ‘Her data gathering tools included a combination of structured and unstructured interviews and direction observations.’
    • ‘Harvard is a school where students tend to maximize every waking hour both in and out of the classroom and have little time for the kind of unstructured amusement that passes for fun in most other places.’
    • ‘Interviews can either be structured or unstructured.’
    • ‘Managing both structured and unstructured documents, portals pull from a variety of data sources.’