Updated: 10/11/2017 by Computer Hope

In computer science, offset describes the location of a piece of data compared to another location. For example, when a program is accessing an array of bytes, the fifth byte is offset by four bytes from the array's beginning. If the array contains data that is read 32 bits at a time, element n would be offset from the start of the array by 4 * (n - 1) bytes.

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