I am creating a poster to describe some research I have done. Listing the objectives I have something like (edit: using more sensible comparisons):

  1. Evaluate the relationship between height and weight
  2. Evaluate the relationship between height and width
  3. Evaluate the relationship between height and color

This is clearly not an efficient use of space, and I dislike the redundancy.

Is there a word, or shorter phrase that I can use to replace "Evaluate the relationship between"?

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    I'm not very clear on what is being asked in the questions. Do any of these pairs have a relationship or am I misunderstanding something? Commented Aug 3, 2012 at 14:40
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    If you are not asking about your actual problem, and making the question more difficult in the process (because no-one can conceive of a relationship between cats and porcupines), then it's Not A Real Question. For all we know, compare might fit the bill.
    – Andrew Leach
    Commented Aug 3, 2012 at 17:27
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    As per the top answer right now, no matter what you replace the phrase with, the redundancy will still be there, and space will still be wasted. The solution is all about typography, not vocabulary.
    – RegDwigнt
    Commented Aug 3, 2012 at 18:24
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    @RegDwightАΑA top answer right now uses eight fewer words, reducing the count from 29 to 21. That doesn't seem like a purley typographical solution.
    – Abe
    Commented Aug 3, 2012 at 23:04
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    @Abe: it reduces the word count not by answering your question as stated and providing a single word for "evaluate the relationship between", but by ignoring your question and instead pulling that string out of each bullet. That is a purely typographical solution.
    – RegDwigнt
    Commented Aug 4, 2012 at 12:33

7 Answers 7


I recommend simply:

Evaluate the relationships between:
- cats and dogs
- cats and snakes
- cats and porcupines


As for you comment, what you are evaluating is called correlation (e.g. the older a person is, the higher the iq result in one test), this is a specific type of relation between variables in a statistical test. So, possibly you could substitue "evaluate the relationship between" for "test correlation between (x and y, y and z, etc)". You could say "test correlation between x, y and z", in this way it would comprise all the tests between variables


I'm don't know of a briefer term for that phrase; you may find it expedient to start out with "Let X stand for evaluating the relationship between two items", and then go on with your list of "X P and Q" elements. Suitable choices for X are thick on the ground: for example, reconcile, which ordinarily means "To make things compatible or consistent" may suit, as more figuratively may one of orthogonalize, orthonormalize, fix, rationalize, rebasis, convolve, stratify. Or, format the list as an explanation followed by bare "P, Q" elements.


If you are comparing certain aspects of behavoir, function, utility, etc. between these pairs of animals, the term analogy (noun) or analogous (adjective) may be appropriate, especially if the structures that leads to those characteristics are different.


Compare and contrast height and weight?


Can you rephrase: “Examining dog-cat interactions” etc.?


Well, you may have to explain the kind of relationship you are trying to demonstrate here. For the current example, I could simplify it into one sentence as:

Evaluate the relationships between height, and each of weight, width and color.

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