To detect the boundaries of the segments, we may use [some] text and visual signals as we scan the page top-down or bottom-up.

By "we" I mean "we as human"

Do I need that "some"? Because I feel, using "some" I mean a number of them are used in detecting the segment boundaries. However, if I don't use it, I may imply a generic term for text and visual signals. Right? Which is more usual? I feel English tend to use generic nouns in such cases.

  • It's not the some but the by means of that sounds wrong... – Stephie Aug 26 '15 at 18:54
  • @Stephie Please check my update – Ahmad Aug 26 '15 at 18:59
  • Sounds like a good alternative to me. – Stephie Aug 26 '15 at 19:01
  • Please do not use StackExchange as a scratchboard for writing a document. The math stack exchange strongly discourages writing problems just to get help with answering it. In other words, although we are happy to help, don't make us write your paper for you. – theREALyumdub Aug 26 '15 at 19:02
  • @theREALyumdub Ok, I try to bring more general examples, but whenever I do, people ask me for the exact problem and context. Also, if you note I use general titles and explain my question generally, because they are things which happen to me in most of the times, not in writing a specific paper!. – Ahmad Aug 26 '15 at 19:06


This sounds like a technical document and "some" sounds out of place to me.

However, in your first sentence, it sounds like you use text and visual signals to scan the page, which isn't the case. by means of should be a complement of detect.

Even if you recast the sentence to more clearly identify by means of as complement to detect, "some" would still be out of place.

Your second sentence is much better.

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