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Could anybody tell me is this sentence OK to use in a scientific paper? Do you have any other recommendation?

...and we came to the conclusion that trying to keep a balance between method-1 and method-2 is due to get an appropriate result.

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It's just a misuse of the word due - which in some other contexts is interchangeable with alternatives like necessary, required, but not here. Use one of those alternatives (or essential, for example). –  FumbleFingers Dec 18 '12 at 18:57
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I don’t understand what the sentence is meant to mean. So, you should find an alternative. Do you mean:

We came to the conclusion that trying to keep a balance between method-1 and method-2 would get an appropriate result.

If so, you might also consider the following changes:

  • trying to balance method-1 and method-2 (more concise), or maybe just balancing

  • would produce/yield an appropriate result (more stylistically appropriate than get)

Also, method 1 (or Method 1) looks better to me that method-1. This would add up to:

We came to the conclusion that balancing methods 1 and 2 would yield an appropriate result.

Or even:

We concluded that balancing methods 1 and 2 would yield an appropriate result.

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Thank you Daniel. Your answer was complete for me. –  A.Gh Dec 18 '12 at 18:39
    
Glad to help. You can click the tick to show that you accept an answer. Leave it open if you want to accumulate some other answers. –  Daniel Harbour Dec 18 '12 at 18:40
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