CSV, or Comma-Separated Values, is tabular data expressed in plain text separated by commas, and is most commonly found in a CSV file. CSV files are typically created by a computer program or database in order to export its data to another computer program or database.

    The reason why CSV files are so common is because CSV files are simply plain text and can easily be read by any application such as Microsoft Excel.

    CSV Example

    Tabular Data

    CompetitorsPlan 1Plan 2Plan 3
    Competitor A$10$20$30
    Competitor B$15$25$35
    Competitor C$20$30$40

    CSV Data

    Competitors, Plan 1, Plan 2, Plan 3
    Competitor A, $10, $20, $30
    Competitor B, $15, $25, $35
    Competitor C, $20, $30, $40