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    Default testing purpose or testing purposes?

    80% of the data was selected to build the rules, and the remaining was used for a testing purpose.
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    80% of the data was selected to build the rules, and the remaining was used for testing purposes.

    Note: The remaining data was to test all rules.

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    Though I wouldn't say that the first sentence is wrong, it does sound weird. If you want to keep 'purpose' singular, I would write 'the purpose of testing' to make this sentence sound better.
    The second sentence sounds the most natural.

    Also, I would replace 'remaining' with 'remainder'.

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    Default Re: testing purpose or testing purposes?

    Do you mean that I should replace remaining data by remainder? Thanks

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    You could use 'the remaining data', too, but I feel that 'the remainder' flows better in this sentence.

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