I am currently writing a factual analysis on artificial intelligence and was wondering if I should abbreviate it, as I will be saying artificial intelligence several times throughout the paper. What would be the correct way of doing this? The paper is in MLA if that applies. I think it's something like artificial intelligence (AI) and then later on in the paper I can just put AI instead of artificial intelligence. I just want to make sure that I am abbreviating it correctly instead of typing artificial intelligence 50 times throughout the entire paper.

  • What you are describing is a very common practice. Whether it is a good idea to do it in a particular case is a matter of judgement, and may depend both on how easy it is for the reader to keep in mind the meaning of the abbreviation, and on how often it will be used. Chances are that those who are likely to read a paper about artificial intelligence have already seen this abbreviation many times. – jsw29 Feb 23 at 21:49
  • The way to do it is this in a paper is this: At the first mention, you write artificial intelligence (AI). From that point on, you can use AI for it. – Lambie Feb 23 at 22:18
  • AI is such a well known abbreviation that you could probably get away without ever defining it, but there's no harm in doing so. – Barmar Feb 24 at 1:36

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