Is it correct to use "insight of" in the following sentence:

Statistical insight of binding regions in disordered human proteome

Because here it basically means: insight into the statistics of...

I found some other examples at sentence.yourdictionary.com such as

  1. Bruce, with the insight of military genius, seized his opportunity.
  2. The means whereby he engaged the energies of the Italians on behalf of the French Republic and yet refrained from persecuting the Roman Catholic Church in the way only too common among revolutionary generals, bespoke political insight of no ordinary kind.
  3. Helen has the vitality of feeling, the freshness and eagerness of interest, and the spiritual insight of the artistic temperament, and naturally she has a more active and intense joy in life, simply as life, and in nature, books, and people than less gifted mortals.

And somewhere else:

Data analysis and statistical insight of demographic and geographic intelligence to assign 'persona types' to assist with communications and service channels, as well as to gain a better understanding and insight into our customer base.

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    "Insight of" refers to the mental abilities of some observer. "Insight into" refers to the observations made. One might also have "insights gained" from some (perhaps non-sentient) source. – Hot Licks Mar 4 '16 at 3:03
  • Put another way, "of binding regions" seems an attribute of the insight (and in your examples is associated with the temperament, intellect or experience of individuals) whereas "into binding regions" seems an application of the insight. You might even say "of" reflects but "to" directs. – Egox Mar 4 '16 at 4:55

We could say that statistics offers some insights into [whatever topic you're focusing on].

In that spirit, I think your title would make more sense if it was worded like this:

Statistical insights into binding regions in disordered human proteome (where "binding regions in disordered human proteome" is the topic, even if I don't understand what it means. ;)).

If you want to turn that into a sentence, try this:

Statistical data offer insights into binding regions in disordered human proteome.


Statistical insight of binding regions in disordered human proteome

In fact it does not mean 'insight into the statistics of'...

It means something more like this:

Insight of binding regions in disordered human proteome, gained from statistics

So the insight is a product of the statistics, but is 'about' the 'binding regions'.

If the words were the other way around like this:

Insight of statistical binding regions in disordered human proteome

Then it would mean 'insight of statisitcal binding regions' as you postulated.

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