Take the 2-minute tour ×
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

I'm trying to find a way to describe improving the Signal to Noise ratio of a communication/message succinctly. Using the entire phrase over and over gets clunky.

Phrases that are close, but don't have as much of a technical connotation as I would like:

  1. "Tuning" as in tuning a radio
  2. "Demunge," but it implies the message is scrambled, and I think it's programmer jargon anyway
share|improve this question
1  
If you don't get an answer that knocks your socks off, you can always define your own. In other words, have an early sentence in your paper that reads something like this: "In this paper, message tuning refers to the improvement of a message's signal-to-noise ratio." Voilà! Now message tuning means what you want it to mean. –  J.R. Feb 28 at 12:00

5 Answers 5

up vote 4 down vote accepted

While not specifically limited to transmitted electromagnetic or mechanical signals, you could consider the broader terms filtering or refining

One definition of filter is

A device for suppressing electrical or sound waves of frequencies not required.

Refine can mean

To reduce to a pure state; purify

share|improve this answer

Noise reduction if it's necessary to be clear, improving signal to noise ratio if it's really necessary to be very clear, but cleaning can be fine if it's either okay that some of the audience will only have the vaguest idea that you are somehow making things "better" with no idea what that "better" means, or if the fact that you would do so by noise reduction is otherwise clear from context.

share|improve this answer

The tool in PremierePro is called "DeNoiser", maybe you could just go for denoising.

share|improve this answer

When people are using signal to noise ratio in respect to getting a message through to an audience (regardless of medium) the effect they are actually trying to achieve is:

clarity

If you want to take it one step forward, the ultimate goal of increasing the clarity of your message is to increase its:

impact

share|improve this answer

I think I have heard "resolving" used in this context, for finding a signal in the noise.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.