What does differentiate for mean?.

I looked it up in several online dictionaries such as Cambridge or oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com but all of them are about the meaning of differentiate from or differentiate between.

This is a context I found them:

Utilising AI can be an easy way to personalise training to differentiate for things such as department and levels of ability


  • It sounds like a bit of a mistake to me. If you simply remove for from that quote, it should result in what was intended. I also note that it should be departments (plural), so the author may have made an additional mistake with the use of for. Although I can see why somebody might use for (it's used in a fashion similar to its used with other verbs—doing something to fulfil a purpose), I don't think its as common as just omitting it with this verb. Jun 8, 2019 at 10:45

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It sounds like the context here is computer engineering. Engineers often talk about their work in terms of math. I believe that 'differentiate' is being used in this case much like we use the word 'solve' in math.

The question requires you to solve for the variable x

You can translate it loosely as 'create different results depending on differences in certain variables'.

Utilising AI can be an easy way to personalize training to create different training depending on differences in variables such as department and levels of ability.

AI allows the trainer to make a different trainings that are appropriate for people in different departments and at different levels of ability.


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