In a paper, I need to mention something meaning "intermediate approaches" and looking for a suitable word or phrase for that.

For example:

Approach 1 is ...

Approach 2 is ... (Approaches 1 and 2 are the two opposite extremes of the possible approaches)

We have studied many intermediate approaches [between approach 1 and approach 2] and the results are shown in Fig. 1.

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    Actually, I think your choice is quite possibly the best. Intermediate implies somewhere between two points. There can be many intermediate steps/reactions/approaches. The others seem more limiting towards the middle (median/midway, etc.) or too informal (in between). May 25, 2014 at 8:14
  • Perhaps hybrid approaches -- but without knowing the context, there's a limit to how well one can guess what you're after.
    – Erik Kowal
    May 25, 2014 at 8:31

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How about nominal intermediate?

We have studied many intermediates [between approach 1 and approach 2] and the results are shown in Fig. 1.

intermediate: something intermediate


"Intermediate Approach" is probably the most effective term/phrase for the situation. If you need variety try

  • Dual Approach
  • Diverse Approach
  • Varied Approach

You could try a moderate approach, which may be a compromise between the extreme approaches.

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