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Actually, I am writing an article about machine learning which is a domain of computer science, and I want to tell this :

"If we change locations of data points, some of them get closer to the mean point, and the others get away from the mean point."

However, the phrase "get away from" seems to be not suitable for an article. It is very informal. In fact, I cannot both find a new phrase instead of it and change the structure of the sentence.

Can anyone tell me its synonym if it exists?

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I would suggest:

If we change locations of data points, some of them get closer to the mean point, and the others get further away from the mean point.

The phrase "get further away" is not informal and would be suitable for publication in an article.

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