Maybe this is the native German speaker in me, but I am looking for an alternative verb to use, when I want to write:

We compute the ratio of A and B.

I am not happy with the verbs to compute/to calculate since they imply using concrete numbers, whereas, at this stage I am doing symbolic math. After writing down the ratio of A and B, the ratio will by simplified, but no numerical values will be computed.

I am writing a report, and in the theory section I want to describe how I derived a ratio X from the initial ratio of A and B.

In German, I would say A und B ins Verhältnis setzen, which carries a more general meaning than mere math. Thus, I am looking for a verb, that carries a similar, general meaning.

  • When I studied maths, I used find the ratio. This doesn't necessarily mean finding exact quantities.
    – Schwale
    Commented Sep 7, 2018 at 13:44
  • Side note: I would say "We find the ratio of A to B" rather than "....A and B."
    – Adam
    Commented Feb 26, 2019 at 22:29

2 Answers 2


I think you may find determine to be useful here:

determine v
1. a. To establish or ascertain definitely, as after consideration, investigation, or calculation: determined the easiest way to reach the summit.

It has the added benefit of including the possibility of calculation while not specifically requiring that.


To find a ratio between two numbers [very used]

Google hits in standard texts:

to find a ratio

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