A professor criticized the language in a presentation. In particular he said that English preferred a noun phrase such as a comparison of to a gerund such as comparing.
For reference the entire sentence follows.
Comparing prominent symptoms in drug addiction with models of aberrant learning may help us understand how those symptoms arise
I have seen both forms used in the technical literature but his point was more one of general usage. I don’t intend to argue the point with him. I merely want to know if his point is more than one of personal preference.