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What's the difference between a private key and a seed?

What is the difference between a private key and a seed? When people talk about the "secret key", do they mean the "private key? Are they the same? What are public keys? How are they related to ...
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Can an address be used to encrypt data?

In IOTA a private/public key is derived deterministically from the seed, security level, and an index. As far as I understand the mechanism, an address is in fact the public key. In typical ...
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What happens when I send a transaction to myself?

I used a private key to send a transaction to its corresponding public key. The transaction got confirmed after a few minutes. My balance stayed unchanged. What exactly happened between the moment ...
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