I am proofreading an article for my friend and stumbled over the following sentence (boldface mine):

T for the SM records was 0.67 times that for the AS records.

(The SM records and AS records are different datasets and T is a property of those datasets.)

Going by my observations of other articles, the bold part seems to be correct, but I wonder what it means.

  • It's fine, but how is it a question?
    – Mick
    Jan 28 '17 at 8:18
  • @Mick Would u mind elaborating on what italicized part means exactly?
    – Sajjad
    Jan 28 '17 at 8:26
  • What do SM and AS stand for?
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jan 28 '17 at 8:47
  • @Mick maybe the OP means issue?
    – Mari-Lou A
    Jan 28 '17 at 8:50
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    @Sajjad: I edited your question to reflect your comments and some educated guesses. Please check whether everything is still according to your intentions. Also, please further edit your question to elaborate what you understood so far and where exactly your problems lie.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Jan 28 '17 at 9:26

Original sentence:

T for the SM records was 0.67 times that for the AS records.

Without more context, the following is what it appears to be saying:

T for the SM records was 0.67 multiplied by the numeric value for the AS records.

In other words, T for the SM records was that of the AS records multiplied by 0.67. It's possible that 0.67 here might actually be expressing a percentage.


Ignoring any question of linguistics as opposed to mathematics, it seems to be saying that T for the SM records was very roughly two/thirds of that for the AS records.

Does that make sense?

  • Yeah I had the same thought pretty much and thanks for the confirmation.
    – Sajjad
    Feb 10 '17 at 17:25

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