I need a single word, a verb, that conveys the meanings:
- to pick out the most important information"
- or alternatively "pull out the best"
- even "distinguish valuable information from less valuable information"
This is to describe the process when one is writing an abstract, only the most critical information from a paper is kept.
Verbs like "select", "choose", "pick out", "separate" don't seem to convey within them the meaning that you're selecting the most important.
The words "hand-pick" and even "cherry-pick" seem the closest I can find, but have a too informal tone. "Distill" also seems close, but is that only metaphorical or does it actually imply this meaning?
I have other chapter titles that are just single-words, and all verbs. This will be a chapter title, hence, am looking for a single-word.
What word will convey this meaning?