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In British English, which one is correct? Does one parameterise a curve or parametrise it?

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I have been using parametrize –  Santosh Linkha Aug 28 '12 at 8:36
The main heading in the Oxford English Dictionary says "parameterize"; the other possibilities are also recorded: "parameterise", "parametrise", "parametrize". –  Zhen Lin Aug 28 '12 at 9:49
@ZhenLin Please post this as an answer instead of a comment. –  MετάEd Aug 29 '12 at 6:18
I would assume then that parametise is dead wrong ? –  user68654 Mar 12 at 19:58

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Both parameterize and parametrize are acceptable according to the ODO.

Both parameterise and parametrise are acceptable in BE as per Collins.

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True that. I'd go with parameterize, ordinarily, because parameter is the root word, making it more clear. If I were feeling lazy, I'd go with parametrize. –  Wolfpack'08 Sep 2 '12 at 8:14

For what it's worth, parameterize has 1,100,000 search results on Google, while parametrize has 500,000. I would take that as evidence that both are acceptable and in widespread usage.

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