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I am new to here, and not a native speaker. Currently, I am writing a paper, but feeling like this sentence is a little bit weird. Could someone correct it?

Our method is based on the XXX(The model name) author's suggestion that they add up to 60th bin of the harmonic distribution, and we follow up their method.

This means something like I want to add up from 1 to 60, but why 60 is because the author in their experiment did.

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  • This is almost not what the site is about but since you are here... I have never heard of the 60th bin of the harmonic distribution not other such bins. Could you mean Region of, or Area of harmonic distribution? A clarification will help us give a better answer.
    – Elliot
    Sep 21 at 3:30
  • Maybe, ...the sum of bins 1 through 60 of the... Sep 21 at 3:46
  • Does they refer to the author or the things being added up? Sep 21 at 7:29
  • We do not do proof reading here, so your question may be closed for that reason. If the continuous harmonic distribution is represented by a histogram, each bar of the histogram represents a bin, perhaps from 1 to 100 if using percentiles. But this is not about English; it is about the mathematical representation of your data and the algorithmic analysis of them.
    – Anton
    Sep 21 at 8:55

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Last part first

"and we follow up their method"

Do you want to say this in the present tense or in the past tense? And "author" is singular, therefore "their" needs to be replaced with "his" or "her" or "his/her".

Present tense would be

"and we follow his/her method"

Past tense would be

"and we followed his/her method"

"up" is not necessary. If you do want to use "up", use it with "on".

"follow up on" or "followed up on"

The following sentence with minimum addition of words should be adequate. The changed portions are in bold.

Our method is based on the XXX(The model name) author's suggestion, the suggestion being that they add up to 60th bin of the harmonic distribution, and we follow his/her method.

Or

Our method is based on the suggestion of the XXX(The model name) author, that they add up to 60th bin of the harmonic distribution, and we follow his/her method.

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  • Thanks! It's clear to me now
    – Megan
    yesterday

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