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This is a sentence of an essay:

A new way of viewing f(RH) as a scattering coefficient weighted average of the f(RH) for each mode was proposed, which helps us prioritize the significance of different modes and better understand f(RH).

I want to express the meaning that this new way of viewing f(RH) can help us to determine which mode is more important and which one is insignificant, can I use the word 'prioritize'? Or are there better words or phrases that can replace it?

  • So, a view, which helps you prioritize - what? Not a set, but one or more elements of a set based on some external significance. The problem is the view is based only on an average of set attributes, so it is an internal thing. You don't prioritize based on internal attributes. Prioritization is applied to elements of a set. It can't be sussed out just by analyzing the set. The view helps you assign priority by highlighting the significance of each mode. – Phil Sweet Nov 24 '16 at 15:14
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Prioritize doesn't work here. How about assess?

M-W:

assess: to determine the importance, size, or value of

Your example:

A new way of viewing f(RH) as a scattering coefficient weighted average of the f(RH) for each mode was proposed, which helps us assess the significance of different modes and better understand f(RH).

You could also consider evaluate, determine, distinguish, or quantify.

A few comments on your sentence. The verb "was proposed" is too far away from the subject "way". Also, the sentence is overly long. You might want to consider:

A new way was proposed for viewing f(RH) as a scattering coefficient weighted average of the f(RH) for each mode. This helps (is helping? will help?) us assess the significance of the different modes and better understand f(RH).

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