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We use the aforementioned eight factor models and report the numbers of significant factor coefficients of the different factor models in Table 2.

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We use the aforementioned eight factor models and report the number of significant factor coefficients of the different factor models in Table 2.

The context of the sentence is that I ran 25 regressions using 8 models, respectively. Every right-hand variable have 25 coefficients among which some are not significant. I need to report the number of significant coefficients for such a variable.

Really appreciate any help.

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  • If you delete "number of" entirely, this problem goes away.
    – tchrist
    Jan 5, 2019 at 4:12
  • @tchrist No. I wanna report the number of significant coefficients rather than coefficients. I ran 25 regressions using 8 models, respectively. Every right-hand variable have 25 coefficients among which some are not significant. I wanna report the number of significant coefficients for such a variable. Jan 5, 2019 at 4:26
  • @tchrist Sorry for this inappropriate word I used. I am not a native English speaker and thank you for pointing our my mistake. Is it because the word is only used in oral English. Jan 5, 2019 at 4:37
  • That's correct: it's how we pronounce what we write as want to. It’s what’s called eye dialect, and it makes you look either uneducated or else pretending to be so, like some yokel in a fiction novel that the author is trying to make sound like... well, a yokel. Aikin ride in I’d aleck thachool jis nev argit and then where we will all be? I strongly advise that when you're writing English, you use only standard written English to do so — and forra longa time den ya think ya hafta, k? 😉 It’s only appropriate in some places.
    – tchrist
    Jan 5, 2019 at 4:57
  • @tchrist OK. I have learned a lot. Thank you very much. Jan 5, 2019 at 6:09

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numbers would imply the values of the coefficients, so would the sentence (as per @tchrist's comment) without numbers of.

number would imply you count the coefficients (the magnitude of the coefficients bag, the plurality, to be precise). You don't want to count all eight models at once, but that may be gleamed from context. If you want to be precise, you may use "each".

You could report the numbers, it's not a bad idea unless you have too many coefficients to list, because small set sizes are easier to recognize in graphics (4 to 7 items can be counted with one gaze).

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  • correction: "confusion". You are welcome.
    – vectory
    Jan 7, 2019 at 3:23

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