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    #1

    "individual-level" vs. "individual level"

    Hello,

    I'm wondering about these two options, I suppose the first option:

    individual-level

    is correct if I want to accentuate the fact that something has been studied at a level which focuses on single individuals and their behavior. For example, "Prediction of individual-level outcomes"


    By the way, are there alternative ways to say the same thing?

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    #2

    Re: "individual-level" vs. "individual level"

    Hi,
    When you have a compound phrase like that that works together to modify a noun, the hyphen is generally used.

    It seems clear enough to me, but maybe if you wrote a couple sentences using that whole phrase, we might be able to come up with alternatives.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.


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    Re: "individual-level" vs. "individual level"

    Thanks!

    Actually it will be title and I was thinking about the alternative:


    • Predicting individual-level voting behavior using neural network methods
    • Prediction of individual-level voting behavior using neural network methods

    Btw, which one of these is better? Are they equal? Suggestions?

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    #4

    Re: "individual-level" vs. "individual level"

    I prefer the first.

    The second would have to be "The prediction of"
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