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
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    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.
    Commented Feb 28, 2014 at 12:00

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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


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.


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


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:


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



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

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