We developed a new method to calculate a characteristic value from measurement data. In my thesis I call the existing method 'Original Method'. However, I am not sure how to name our new method. 'Current Method'? 'Present Method'?

Is there an established standard for this?

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    "Proposed"? "Our"? Perhaps asking at ELU might also make some headway.
    – Nij
    Aug 16 '16 at 10:11
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    I suspect the answer is no, but if you tell us the field you're working in then it might increase the chances of getting an answer.
    – Ian_Fin
    Aug 16 '16 at 10:12
  • 'Algorithm 1.1' is also a good choice --- using the label you put next to the pseudocode or explicit formulation of the method. There is no explicit formulation you can refer to? Well, fix that. :) Aug 16 '16 at 12:42
  • Thanks everyone for your contributions. I went with @Federico's suggestion and used the terms "Method 1" and "Method 2".
    – Dave
    Sep 8 '16 at 7:41

The following terms may help.

  • Proposed method
  • Suggested method
  • Our technique
  • Algorithm devised
  • Intended design
  • New procedure

It's not an exhaustive list, but are considered acceptable.


If the new method derives directly from an older method X, "Improved X method" is a reasonable option. Otherwise, choose a descriptive name which reflects your new contribution.

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    Nice. You could also replace improved with enhanced. If you are combining one method to an existing one, you could use the word augmented.
    – Ébe Isaac
    Aug 17 '16 at 9:26

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