In Star Trek: First Contact, the Borg Queen comes on to Data and asks him when the last time he was intimate and he states how long it has been for him - is it known to whom he was referring? Based on the amount of time he states, it is possible or likely that he is referring to Tasha Yar?

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UPDATE: After checking my star dates (and perhaps someone can verify this) it seems that it is not likely that Data is referring to Tasha Yar...

To start, here is the quote from IMDB (a full transcript can be found here):

BORG QUEEN: Are you familiar with physical forms of pleasure?

DATA: If you are referring to sexuality, I am... fully functional, programmed in... multiple techniques.

BORG QUEEN: How long since you've used them?

DATA: Eight years, seven months, sixteen days, four minutes, twenty-two...

BORG QUEEN: Far too long.

The episode "The Naked Now" is when Data and Tasha were, ahem, "intimate", and that episode occurred on/around star date 41209.2. This corresponds to March 17th, 2364.

The movie First Contact occurred on/around star date 50893.5. This corresponds to November 23rd, 2373.

Now, if I subtract 8 years, 7 months, and 16 days from the date of First Contact, I get a date of April 7th, 2365, which is not the same as the date when Data and Tasha had relations. This corresponds to a star date of about 42264.4, meaning that Data's last usage of his "multiple techniques" was somewhere between the episodes "Where Silence has Lease" (star date 42193.6) and "Elementary, Dear Data" (star date 42286.3).

Could Data have been "practicing" his techniques all by his lonesome? I would rather not speculate, but if we're looking for an in-universe explanation then the dates suggest it can't be Tasha Yar that he is referring to, unless he's into necrophilia. ;)

The most likely explanation is an out-of-universe one, suggested in a comment by Russell Borogove:

Most likely, the First Contact script writer, working in 1995, checked that The Naked Now aired in 1987, called that eight years, and added arbitrary month, day, etc.

So, it likely is Tasha that Data is referring to (since there is no evidence of any other intimate encounters), but the script writers just got their in-universe and out-of-universe dates mixed up.

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    hm, I thought the line went "sixteen days, four minutes, twenty-two..." Commented Sep 20, 2011 at 16:34
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    What about that TNG episode where a random crewmember and Data try to date? (And then she dumps him because she figures out she's not really into robots.)
    – benzado
    Commented Sep 20, 2011 at 20:58
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    S4E25 "In Theory" on star date 44932.3 (2367) ... nope, had to be someone else.
    – benzado
    Commented Sep 20, 2011 at 21:01
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    The stardate calculator you link to isn't blessed by Paramount, so we can assume that Trek writers don't care about the conversion function it uses. Most likely, the First Contact script writer, working in 1995, checked that The Naked Now aired in 1987, called that eight years, and added arbitrary month, day, etc. Because a highly advanced AI like Data couldn't possibly ever learn that casual conversation rarely requires high precision. Commented Sep 20, 2011 at 21:33
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    I'm surprised benzado's comment hasn't gotten more attention. Data's response was referring to the last time that he used them. Data's relationship with Jenna occurred after his relationship with Tasha, so that seems to be the best in-universe fit (contradicting stardate conversions not withstanding) available in canon. There may have been someone else after Jenna, but I believe that to our knowledge Tasha definitely occurred before.
    – Nicholas
    Commented Oct 28, 2014 at 16:50

Another candidate is Lt Jenna D'Sora - but that was only 6 years before the movie (in-universe time): http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/In_Theory_%28episode%29 - also, it is unknown if he was 'intimate' with her in the way implied by the movie (we only see them kissing, rather unpassionately).

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