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In particular, we employ textual delimiters and semantic cues within the content to identify data regions and build the content structure.

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In particular, we employ textual delimiters and semantic cues within the content to identify data regions , thus building the content structure.

building the content structure is a consequence of the previous clause. Actually, we identify data regions, the structure of these regions makes the content structure.

the cause is not so direct that I can use "thus" or "to", yet not so shallow that I use "and".

how can I show that with some structure or words?


To get the context, the whole abstract so far is

In this paper, we present an approach and a system, called ABDES, for constructing web wrappers to extract data records from a web page. In our approach, we simulate the way a human user scans a web page for specific data. In particular, we rely on textual delimiters and identifiable constants or patterns within the page content to recognize data regions. Based on the extracted data, the content structure is built and mapped onto a hierarchical XML structure as output. The system provides robust and maintainable wrappers that are not tailored to the HTML structure of the page. As a result, they can be adapted to gather and integrate information from various websites. We offer a polynomial-time algorithm to implement the proposed technique.

  • Grammatically/syntactically, and and thus are both fine (or you could use to). It's a stylistic choice, depending on whether you want to emphasize the sequence, the consequence, or the purpose. – FumbleFingers Aug 29 '15 at 13:18
  • @FumbleFingers the cause is not so direct that I can use "thus" or "to", yet not so shallow that I use "and" – Ahmad Aug 29 '15 at 16:26
  • It is not clear how the mere identification of a data region (where it starts, where it ends) results in the building of its structure. The "thus" seems unwarranted. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Aug 29 '15 at 16:52
  • @TRomano: It seems credible to me. It's a software context, so I assume a "content structure" is a special (hierarchically?) organised set of "data regions". As you identify each, you store it appropriately in that (originally empty) set/structure, thus "building" (populating, manifesting) the structure (of a web page, for example). – FumbleFingers Aug 29 '15 at 17:37
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    This is descending into fine details of exactly what is being said, and how best to express it. For all I know, the actual intended meaning might be best conveyed by allowing us to build the content structure. But it's as much a matter of learning how to think as it is about learning how to use English. – FumbleFingers Aug 29 '15 at 19:39
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The use of "and" (the first example) suggests that your employing (of textual delimiters and semantic cues) is used for both the process of identifying and the process of building, but nothing points to the fact that building takes place after identifying or that they are in some way dependent.

The use of "thus" (the second example) implies the strong dependence (temporal and causal) between the act of employing and the act of building (note the difference - in the first example it was identifying and building). If that is what you want, use "thus". If you want to show the dependency between building and identifying data regions, the latter is buried too much to stand out, the first clause needs to be rewritten somewhat. But I somehow doubt that that is what you want.

There is nothing unprofessional in using "and", it just gives a different meaning to the statement.


Taking the latest edits in the question into consideration, I'd rewrite the sentence as

In particular, we employ textual delimiters and semantic cues within the content, from which we identify data regions and then build the content structure from them.

A bit more verbose than the original, yet no ambiguity...

  • As you said thus is strong for my purpose, you didn't say the solution. – Ahmad Aug 29 '15 at 16:25
  • You alone know what you're trying to say. It's up to you to find the solution. You say that "building the content structure*" is a consequence. Of what exactly? Of employing or identifying? – Victor Bazarov Aug 29 '15 at 16:33
  • we identify data regions, the structure of these regions makes the content structure – Ahmad Aug 29 '15 at 16:36
  • I recommend putting this addition in your question so a better answer could be provided. – Victor Bazarov Aug 29 '15 at 16:40

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