I have a sentence that reads as follows,
"This study shows that performance of method X and method Y are almost identical in ranking task and method X actually outperforms method Y in user recommendation task by about 30%."
The comment I received from the reviewer is the word "actually" is casual, so I have the following alternative in mind
- remove the word actually
- and method X in fact outperforms...
- in fact, method X outperforms...
I don't like option 1 because I do want to emphasize the fact it does "actually" outperform, 2 and 3 is ok for me but I am bit concern if the sentence becomes verbose. No. 4 I think is casual too.
Which solution would you use and why?