# “Split” or “ divide ” into cuts or slice

am describing the following fig.

what is correct?

Let divide ( or split) the given block into cuts ( or slice), where each cut/slices contains information about one student

• Is there a particular reason you want to divide into cuts or split into slices, when you could simply cut or slice? – RegDwigнt Aug 2 at 8:22
• @RegDwigнt i'm doing an analysis of student data. Block is represented as ( grade x student x age) tensor of data. now I going to take only an information for one student, it means that i devide this block of data into cuts (?). I dont know how to describe this operation in my text – Anna Koroleva Aug 2 at 8:44
• I make a cut into a cake, pizza or piece of wood in order to form slices, blocks or smaller pieces. The cut is the incision made by the knife, pizza wheel or saw not the resulting smaller piece. I would say that you are making cuts into the block in order to split the data into slices, smaller blocks or fragments. I could make splits in the wood with an axe but, like cuts, they would be the lines along which the pieces were separated, not the pieces into which the block fell as a result of the splits. – BoldBen Aug 2 at 9:46
• Any number of words are possible, and all could be correct. How are we to choose? (Please don't say "pick the best." There need to be some clearly defined objective criteria for why one word would be better than the others.) – Jason Bassford Aug 2 at 12:40
• @BoldBen "let devide the given block of data into cuts....", will be correct? – Anna Koroleva Aug 2 at 13:20

• As a noun, you may use `Swathe` which means an area, section: Swathe

Look at the example:

Student x's (score/info/etc.) swathe

Does it make sense to you?

• Or even you can make it more simple:

Student x's (score/info/etc.) row/column

• There is a word in English which means a slice cut: Gash/Slash
• I don't believe I've ever seen swathe used in a similar setting. You'd be much better off saying cut, slice, or section. – Peter Shor Aug 2 at 12:02
• Swathe is a perfectly good word here. (At least figuratively—and even as as verb, although it makes more sense as a noun.) So to would be strip or peel. (For example.) But it's not clear why any word would be a more appropriate answer than another. Still, I like this one. So, +1 for that. – Jason Bassford Aug 2 at 12:45