Shakir's Style Guide

 

 

 

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parameterise or parametrise (parameterize or parametrize)?

Use parameterise (as in to endow a system with parameters). The second spelling would be plausible if the root word were parametric, but this is not the case. I suspect that the second spelling comes from the spelling of a similar word in mathematics, viz. metrisable.

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pixelated not pixilated

A image can be pixelated, but we might be pixilated (i.e. very drunk) on a Saturday night.

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practice (noun), practise (verb)

'The common practice in statistics', but 'to practise the technique'. To decide which to use, replace with advice (noun) or advise (verb) and whichever sounds correct is the right form.

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programme and program

A programme of activities, but a computer program.

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proved and proven

Either can be used as the past tense of prove, so best to use the one that sounds right. As a guideline, use proven as an attributive adjective: the set of proven facts established are ...; his proven track record; his ability to code has been proven (here modifying ability, not the verb, to code). Use proved otherwise (since this is preferred): the theorem was proved previously; initial results have proved positive.

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protea

Illustration: The King Protea, national flower of the Republic of South Africa.