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"Effectiveness" is how good the results are of a method, "Efficiency" is how much result I can get, in comparison to the resources I need to spend (e.g. computing power for computational algorithms). I am searching for a word (ideally from of the same etymological origin, starting with "E"), that denotes the notion of "how far the range of application" is, in other words, in how many situations I can use this method.

Example sentence:

"The algorithm is computationally expensive, so we need a powerful computer, but it is very effective, yielding great results and that (what is more) in a very a wide range of situations. Its WORD is its most impressive feature: We are will not have to implement any other algorithm."

  • It's not clear where in your example sentence you want a new word. – curiousdannii Dec 21 '17 at 11:47
  • FLEXIBILITY doesn't start with "e" but phonetically close – 123456789123456789123456789 Dec 21 '17 at 11:52
  • Is your example sentence the only one you’re interested in, so in fact it’s not an example but the only sentence in question, or are there other examples, please? I suspect you’re on a hiding to nothing and still, if you could rid that rather extended example of extraneous clutter, more would become clearer. There’s nothing wrong with … so we need a powerful computer but neither is it useful. Such phrases make the meaning harder, not easier to follow. efficiency seems right for the example, if not for you. Uncertain’s flexibility likewise. – Robbie Goodwin Dec 22 '17 at 16:31
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versatile [vur-suh-tl or, esp. British, -tahyl] adjective/

  1. capable of or adapted for turning easily from one to another of various tasks, fields of endeavor, etc.

  2. having or capable of many uses

Source: Dictionary.com

The algorithm is computationally expensive, so we need a powerful computer, but it is very effective, yielding great results in a very wide range of situations. Its versatility is its most impressive feature....

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I can't think of fitting words similar to "Effectiveness" and "Efficiency".

However, the term in Computer Science generally used to describe such multi-purpose algorithms is genericity (the property of being generic).

The algorithm is computationally expensive, so we need a powerful computer, but it is very effective, yielding great results and that (what is more) in a very a wide range of situations. Its genericity is its most impressive feature: We are will not have to implement any other algorithm."

Another word that can fit here is applicability.

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