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A packet has a source IP and a destination IP.
I set the source IP as
The destination IP can be set as, or
These 3 IPs belong to the same computer.

My sentence is

The destination IP can be set as, or,
but here we choose for formality.

My aim is to describe the reason why we choose as the destination.
I just want to express that the reason is looks symmetric, matching, comfortable or whatever when it is matched with the source IP

I think formality is not suitable here. How to modify the sentence to express the reason? it is really abstract

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Maybe ... "but we chose for its symmetry? – JLG Jun 4 '13 at 16:34
Given the small amount of information you provided, I can't think of any technical reason for that choice. Routing decisions are only based on technical conditions (e.g., shortest path), not aesthetics. – Canis Lupus Jun 4 '13 at 17:05
If it is to help the reader quickly identify it because it is so similar to the source IP, you can consider it a memory aid or mnemonic. – Kristina Lopez Jun 4 '13 at 18:00
You seem to mean format not 'formality.' "...we choose for its matching format." – Kris Jun 5 '13 at 10:49

I would say you chose "for the sake of clarity" or maybe "for the sake of simplicity" or even "for the sake of formality".

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Yes, but in OP's formal/technical context, just plain for simplicity is perfectly adequate. – FumbleFingers Jun 4 '13 at 21:32

I think your consideration for choosing over the others is not really relevant to your text, or is it? At least I don't see a reason why you have chosen that address other than a private, aesthetic reason. So I don't see why you should mention that. I would just say "we chose x". If the reason is indeed relevant to your text, then you'll have to explain why.

share|improve this answer was chosen by the method of convenience and influenced by symmetric and mnemonic properties.

In other words, any of the listed choices were valid, but the selected choice was easiest to use. Credit to the commenters.

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