I have three noun words that will be constructed as a part of a title sentence. Consider:

........ using Shape properties means


.......using Shape property means

  1. The property is a quantity or say, a number. The are more than one shape properties of an object.

  2. The Mean is an average

For example

Object A:



Mean of those properties

Object B:



Mean of those properties

Now I want turn it as a part of 'title' of my report in English

I do really need your assistances in choosing between

Shape properties means or shape property means?

Typically in a title, a word should be in a general sense, while talking about an object in general, needs to use a plural form. Now I'm really confused which one of those needs to be in a plural form or, eventually some of them need to be plural

Thank you for the time.

  • Do yourself (and your readers! :) a favour - use an alternative such as average or median values, rather than "awkward-to-parse" means. Note that syntactically, all "nouns" before the last one in your noun adjunct are normally specified in the singular (so shapes and/or properties are "incorrect"). – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Sep 22 '17 at 17:16
  • @FumbleFingers, you should rather blame mathematics for that. Who asked it to choose such a ambiguous word. Haha. Thank very much for helping. – Plain_Dude_Sleeping_Alone Sep 22 '17 at 19:32
  • Don't be mean! - mathematicians didn't mean any harm. But I must say that when they discovered (decided?!) that mean and median are different, they could have done us all a favour by not publicising the fact! :) – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Sep 23 '17 at 16:55

As FumbleFingers points out in his comment, because "means" has a number of meanings, in this sentence it could confuse the reader. There is no benefit to condensing a sentence into fewer words, if it makes it more difficult to understand.

Instead, talk about "the average of all of the ..." or something similar:

Taking the average of the Shape properties, we find ...

Finding the median of the Shape properties values, we can ...

Note that it is more idiomatic to take an average (meaning "calculate") rather than use an average, however this depends on exactly what you want to say. In a title, for example, use might be better:

Using Shape Property Averages (to Generate N-Sided Matrices)

Also note in the title I used the singular property because it is the name of a particular class of objects.

There may be better ways to phrase your title, but you have to tell us the entire title before we can give you any advice.

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