# how to describe a set of strings with various types of format [closed]

In my scientific experiment, the measurement of equipment may appear as follows 1’’-2’’, 3”:4”, [1”, 2”], or (1”:2”), etc.

I would like to describe this fact in an article. What is the best way to write it as clearly as possible.

This is what I am trying, which does not seem correct. The problem is how to describe the format of these different strings, 1’’-2’’, 3”:4”, [1”, 2”], or (1”:2”) using English?

The measurement of the equipment being studied is a format of a numerical character string.

• Is there any significance to the different formats? Why not unify all measurements to a single format? The way I understand it, each measurement is a tuple- an ordered pair of values. The measurements are formatted as a delineated pair of numerical strings.
– Jim
Dec 28 '20 at 17:48
• I suppose you mean that the record of measurements can be formatted in these four ways? (Also, are those inches? Can you have other kinds of units, e.g. 7 cm:9 cm? ) If these are indeed records, where do these records appear: is it on paper, or in a computer spreadsheet, or somewhere else? In general, when asking questions like this, you should provide as much information as possible, including a whole paragraph where the thing you are asking about appears. Dec 28 '20 at 19:01
• @ linguisticturn, the record of measurement can have all the variances as you mentioned. For instance, it can have other units. The record appeared in the computer screen. I just want to find appropriate terms to describe the record of measurements without giving all the examples. I need this in an email, so it is hard to post it here. Thanks. Dec 28 '20 at 20:24
• Do you want to state the fact that there are different formats, or to describe what those formats are? Dec 29 '20 at 2:13
• I'd call it an "orchestra". Dec 29 '20 at 2:21