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    nyggus is offline Key Member
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    One of versus a

    Hello,

    Is there any difference in the meaning of the two following sentences?

    1. To deal with missing data, you can use one of the imputation methods.
    2. To deal with missing data, you can use an imputation method.


    (To be clear, "the" in the first sentence does not mean that the imputation methods have already been mentioned in the text, but that the authors means "one of the existing imputation methods".)

    I feel that 1) kind of emphasizes that there is a group of imputation methods. It follows also from 2) (we have "an imputation method", so there must be more than one such method), but without such emphasis. Does what I feel make sense?

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    nyggus

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    Re: One of versus a

    Basically, yes.
    In #1, "the imputation methods" can be used if the author is assuming that the reader is already familiar (perhaps through their training/education) with such methods.

    You're right about #2.

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