word, expression, or to a lesser extent (likely ~80% less), a phrase request

this is the goal

  • a = 60%
  • b = 20%
  • c = 20%

you're looking for the combination of a, b, c where the net % of each combined would come closest to the goal above

what would indicate/signal the option that best matches your goal? the option that comes the closest?

for instance,

option A

  • a = 55% (5% away, missing)
  • b = 30% (10% away, missing)
  • c = 15% (5% away, missing)

net = 20% away, missing

option B

  • a = 62% (2% away, missing)
  • b = 18% (2% away, missing)
  • c = 20% (0% away, missing)

net = 4% away, missing

option B is better

  • why is this on hold when ppl already answered it? there nothing clarified about what exactly is unclear, it's hard to know what to fix – ambw Jul 9 '17 at 18:01

Best fit

Mathematics A line on a graph which best illustrates the relationship between a set of points, especially one drawn so as to minimize the deviations from the line by individual points; frequently attributive. ODO

By analogy, the answer that best fits your goal state. Best fit doesn't mean exact fit, just the option that comes closest.

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  • so if choosing between an apple and an orange, best fit would be most descriptive? – ambw Jul 9 '17 at 18:01
  • @ambw If the goal state is spherical and orange then yes, an orange is the best fit. – MikeJRamsey56 Jul 10 '17 at 20:44
  • any best fit advice or best fit suggestion for what to do when 95% of ppl do understand what is meant by best fit even when you say & explain it? – ambw Jul 25 '17 at 0:58

You may use optimum (or optimal).



or optimal 

adjective [usually ADJECTIVE noun]

The optimum or optimal level or state of something is the best level or state that it could achieve.


Aim to do some physical activity three times a week for optimum health.

...regions in which optimal conditions for farming can be created.

COBUILD Advanced English Dictionary. Copyright © HarperCollins Publishers

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  • would ideal work? – ambw Jul 7 '17 at 18:38
  • @ambw well, from your example, your goal (60+20+20) is ideal whereas option B is optimal among the available options. – alwayslearning Jul 7 '17 at 18:47
  • would best be more descriptive? how about desirable or preferred? – ambw Jul 9 '17 at 18:03

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