Concise Wording in Computer Science Research III

Concise language in computer science is a Good Thing. (See my earlier posts here and here for reasons why.) There are many ways to achieve this. One way is to avoid referring to things that you note that you have “mentioned.” It is better just to refer to the things themselves.

For instance:

“We use a torus interconnect topology to address the issues mentioned above.”

can usually be edited to read

“We use a torus interconnect topology to address these issues.”

Similarly:

“We use a torus interconnect topology to address the issues mentioned below.”

can usually be edited to read

“We use a torus interconnect topology to address the following issues.”

The word count saved is not spectacular, but the sentence is more direct, and hence the edits are worthwhile.

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