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Which style is more preferable for providing extra information in academic writing? Parenthesis or comma? The two below examples are one sentence expressing the two styles.

Also, is there a better way to rephrase this sentence?

  1. "Using dataset A, the Tarim Basin displays a density of ~ 3.33 and high buoyancy, similar to those of the typical basins, while its density using dataset B changes to ~ 3.44, similar to that of the non-typical basins"
  2. "Using dataset A, the Tarim Basin displays a density of ~ 3.33 and high buoyancy (similar to those of the typical basins), while its density using dataset B changes to ~ 3.44 (similar to that of the non-typical basins)"
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  • I have corrected numerous spelling and other errors in your title and question. Please take more care. The word is dataset not dateset. And it is more commonly expressed as two words rather than one. Non-typical basins does not take a capital B as the word here is not a proper noun. Feb 13, 2022 at 20:27

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For academic writing, I would check to see if there is an applicable style guide - your college or university may have their own guide.

Generally speaking though, commas are more formal than dashes or parentheses. Parenthetical information is often defined as useful or interesting but also disposable and could be omitted. A written piece with lots of brackets doesn't look as professional because it gives the appearance of lots of superfluous afterthoughts. Parenthetical information between commas is generally seen as being more relevant. Bracketed information is often abbreviated, while information in parenthetical commas should maintain the grammar of the sentence and be 'readable'.

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