How can we state that we are searching for some supporting evidence for something? For example, in the following sentence:

This may cause some errors in the evaluations. However, we do not aim at providing an independent evaluation method and just seek some support for our previous results.

I sense that "seek some support" is good, but it doesn't seem that it's widely used in that meaning according to Google.

  • As written, I don't fully understand your sentence. What do you mean by "we don't aim at providing an independent evaluation method"? Are you asking other people to validate or verify your results? How can they do this if you don't provide them an evaluation method? Are they supposed to develop these methods on their own? – Andrew Nov 1 '18 at 6:18
  • No, I'm not asking others. In our next experiment, we try to find some supporting evidence for the results of the previous experiment. For that I wrote "seek some support". – Shayan Nov 1 '18 at 6:25
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    I'm still unclear. Are you just trying to reproduce the results of the previous experiment? Reproducing other scientists' work is common, as it corroborates the original experiment. Otherwise something like "corroborate" is the word you're looking for. – Andrew Nov 1 '18 at 6:40

I suggest "corroborate"

corroborate (v): Confirm or give support to (a statement, theory, or finding)

In this case:

Our goal is not to provide a method for independent evaluation, but simply to corroborate our previous results.

Other possibilities: confirm, verify, validate. Similar words with a slightly different meaning:

authenticate (make sure something is real and true),

substantiate (make sure something has real and significant evidence),

justify (provide a good reason for (doing) something)

certify (add a kind of "official" stamp of validity)

document (add written support for something)

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