I want to say: Whether we use site A or site B in the analysis, we will get the same results. Both A and B are anatomical sites (or topographies) in the human body. So the results of the test will be almost identical whether we use the data from A site or B site. Now I want to express the whole idea in short form using phrases in bullets to be used in a seminar meeting, the nearest phrases which came to my mind are these two:

The test is robust, cost-effective and cross-topography.


The test is robust, cost-effective and topography-invariable.

So my question is: what would be the best way to express this idea? Thank you in advance.

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    Cost-effective and topography-invariable is nicely parallel construction and gets the idea across smoothly. Cross-topography, on the other hand, requires a different parse and makes one wonder exactly what's meant -- unless it's a common term of art in your discipline. In that case it makes no difference. – John Lawler Mar 8 '14 at 18:44
  • thanks, indeed, cross-topography is an alien term, better to avoid it, I thought there is a better phrase than -invariable. – doctorate Mar 8 '14 at 18:48
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    Invariant, perhaps? – John Lawler Mar 8 '14 at 18:57
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    Topography-independent, perhaps? This is a common way of phrasing things in the field of coding and programming. Plugins, features, etc. can be OS-independent or browser-independent, for example. I’m guessing that’s where your cross-topography comes from, too: from things being cross-platform in computing. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Mar 8 '14 at 19:03
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    I suspect there's a misuse of the term topography here. This medical dictionary defines it as The description of the regions of the body or of a body part, especially the regions of a definite and limited area of the surface. Which is in line with the more general definition, and to my mind does not allow for the word to be used in the sense of "regions of a definite and limited area". More credible might be non-[anatomical]-site-specific, or application-site-invariant, perhaps. – FumbleFingers Mar 8 '14 at 20:00

The problem with cross-topography is that it is unparallel with the preceding terms. Cross-topographic might be appropriate. However, there is also a problem in using the word topography see FumbleFingers explanation above. However, since topography is a very specific word and you are addressing people who presumably can understand what it means, I suggest you use topographically-invariable.

The test is robust, cost-effective and topographically-invariable.

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  • +1 for preserving the esoteric term topography, but it would be better if we can integrate the sampling into your suggestion of topographically-invariable. Any idea how to formulate it? – doctorate Mar 10 '14 at 7:59
  • The first thing that comes to my mind is 'topographiv-sampling-invariable' but that is a mouthful. – gelolopez Mar 11 '14 at 12:18

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