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    cause or causes?

    Hi,

    I would like to know if there is a grammatical mistake in the phrase below? The whole phrase does not make any sense to me, it seems obscure, isn't it?



    As pointed out in the previous section, published techniques for tolerating a node failure that causes network partitioning either provision fault-tolerance in the network topology both at setup and during normal operation, or pursue a reactive strategy by repositioning healthy nodes.

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    Re: cause or causes?

    The 'sentence' is a mess.

    There is no main verb for a start.

    Where did you encounter it?

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    Re: cause or causes?

    Thanks for your response.
    In a paper on the computer science (node failures).

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    Re: cause or causes?

    It seems to be missing an "are." And, pursue should be "pursuing."
    "Causes" is correct (... a node failure that causes; it causes)

    It is obscure because it is field specific.
    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science...89128613002879

    As pointed out in the previous section, published techniques for tolerating a node failure that causes network partitioning are either provision fault-tolerance in the network topology both at setup and during normal operation, or pursuing a reactive strategy by repositioning healthy nodes.

    As pointed out, published techniques for tolerating a node failure are either provision fault tolerance or pursuing a reactive strategy.


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    Re: cause or causes?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sepmre View Post
    As pointed out in the previous section, published techniques for tolerating a node failure that causes network partitioning either provision fault-tolerance in the network topology both at setup and during normal operation, or pursue a reactive strategy by repositioning healthy nodes.
    "As pointed out in the previous section, published techniques for tolerating a node failure that causes network partitioning either provision provide fault-tolerance in the network topology both at setup and during normal operation, or pursue a reactive strategy by repositioning healthy nodes."
    I think this means that "Published techniques ... suggest either providing fault-tolerance ... or pursuing a reactive strategy."

    The published techniques don't provide fault-tolerance themselves. Nor do they pursue a reactive strategy. They recommend these things.
    I hope that isn't an example of 'provision' as a verb, but I'm almost afraid that it is. I see here that it's used :
    http://www.thefreedictionary.com/provision

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