Would you say "explore doing something" or "explore to do something"?

For example,

I explored to build a model for the data.

I explored building a model for the data.

  • Please add where you have seen “explored to” and what interpretations of this phrase lead you to believe that this phrasing might be a correct. – Tyler James Young May 8 '14 at 16:03
  • I dont' remember. – Tim May 8 '14 at 17:15

"Explored building" is the idiomatic way of stating this.

If it helps, think of it as a shorter version of a longer phrase, like:

I explored the idea of modeling the data.

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