Consider this sentence:

A user does this task by scanning the page in a top-down and bottom-up manner. The algorithm for this task (respectively ? ) traverses the tree bottom-up and top-down...

In general, when you want to say a related task is done in the same manner, which words are used?

  • You need "traverses" (3rd person singular). – Victor Bazarov Aug 23 '15 at 13:30
  • If you use "respectively", put it at the end: "The algorithm...traverses the tree bottom-up and top-down respectively..." ( are you sure you have the "scan" actions and the "traverse" actions in corresponding order?") – Brian Hitchcock Aug 24 '15 at 6:23
  • @BrianHitchcock no they are just similar – Ahmad Aug 24 '15 at 6:45

You could use "similarly", but something is missing from this fragment.

Who does the task? A human looking at the page? Perhaps you could combine what you're trying to say into a single sentence and explain that the algorithm is implemented following the natural order of performing such a task by a human.

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  • "Similarly" sounds good. I modified my question, yes the first sentence is for a user – Ahmad Aug 23 '15 at 13:36

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