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Is the following two sentences grammatical? The first sentence read a bit strange to me, but English is not my first language, appreciate for view of a native speaker :)

My main research insight is, rather than spending an enormous amount of time to get an optimal result, to develop algorithms that get suboptimal results at a significantly faster speed.

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Rather than spending an enormous amount of time to get an optimal result, my main research insight is to develop algorithms that get suboptimal results at a significantly faster speed.

  • Somehow it feels like your rather-than-clause is about your research insight rather than your algorithms. I'd recommend moving the rather-than-clause to somewhere after develop algorithms. – Damkerng T. Sep 26 '14 at 9:32
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They are both grammatically correct. What you have here is an appositive clause, if I'm not mistaken on my terminology. Appositives by definition can be removed from a sentence, leaving it correct.

The only thing left is to decide where to place it just so your sentence is pleasing to hear or look at. I agree with Damkerng T. - you should put it at the end of your sentence.

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