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I want to use this sentence in my paper. Is it correct grammatically?

Microaggregation, as a Statistical Disclosure Control (SDC) method, provides lower Disclosure Risk (DR) at the expense of increasing Information Loss (IL).

I’m not sure about the word “increasing”.

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"at the risk of increased Information Loss (IL)", not increasing. –  Kris Jul 1 '13 at 12:51

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I think it's perfectly correct if you mean it causes more loss of information.

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The reference is to an object (IL), not an action (increase) -- the risk is of (an) increased Information Loss. –  Kris Jul 1 '13 at 12:53
    
No, it is correct. "It provides so and so at the risk of increasing blah blah." The sentence talks about one action causing a negative counter-action. If it talked about a disadvantage that was already there (information loss) then it would be phrased like "provides lower DR in spite of IL". –  Corina Jul 1 '13 at 13:12
    
I believe the confusion here comes from a tricky construction, and in order to see the real parallel it is necessary to break the meaning down into what is actually being said. The true meaning of the sentence is this: "This fancy thing we do LOWERS Disclosure Risk but unfortunately INCREASES Information Loss." And that's why when you put it back into its pompous syntax, increasing is correct. –  John M. Landsberg Jul 1 '13 at 16:48

Increasing is grammatically valid, but I agree with majority usage; increased is a better choice...

Provides X, but at the expense of increased Y (18,900 hits in Google Books)
Provides X, but at the expense of increasing Y (7,280 hits)

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