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Could we say "sheds some important insights"?

E.g. The discussion sheds some important insights for optimizing an HTML parser

If this is not appropriate, what is a nice way to express the same idea?

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Presumably the discussion has already taken place - in the past? So it should be the discussion shed. –  TrevorD Jun 5 '13 at 16:40
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I've never heard anyone use a phrase like that before. The idiom is "to shed some light on" not "to shed some insights for".

So you could say:

The discussion sheds some light on optimizing an HTML parser.

Or possibly

The discussion provides important insights on optimizing an HTML parser.

I think both of these convey the idea you're trying to express, although the second sentence states it a bit more directly.

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Yes, it appears to be an incoherent melding of light and (in)sight, confusing the fixed visual metaphoric phrase shed light on 'make obvious and clear', with the metaphoric use of insight to refer to 'understanding'. Mixing metaphors is like mixing paint; sometimes the result is just muddy. –  John Lawler Jun 5 '13 at 17:15
    
This one seems clear enough to me; “sheds some important insights” means “discards some important insights”. –  jwpat7 Jun 5 '13 at 19:39
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