Could I change

"The (mathematical) analysis was conducted on two problems: a 24 box one and a 72 box one"

for

"The (mathematical) analysis was conducted on two problems: a 24 and a 72 box one"

**?**

Or should I say

"a 24 and a 72 box one

**s**"

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Could I change

"The (mathematical) analysis was conducted on two problems: a 24 box one and a 72 box one"

for

"The (mathematical) analysis was conducted on two problems: a 24 and a 72 box one"

Or should I say

"a 24 and a 72 box one

Why don't you just say something like "The analyses were of containers loaded with 24 boxes and also with 72 boxes?"

The problem instances used to test the proposed heuristic procedure were generated as follows:

a series of items go before the one I want to check

- item ...

- item ...

- One problem instance was generated for each box size configuration in order to perform the qualitative and integration analysis only on two problems: a 24 box one and a 72 box one.

I would say that in this context your rephrasal moves away from the mathematical notion that the sentence wants to communicate. But, how about this?

- One problem instance was generated for each box size configuration in order to perform the qualitative and integration analysis only on a 24 and a 72 box problem

Again, I have doubts with the final S.

"24- and 72-box problems."

Regarding your last sugestion, I think we're getting closer to the point, but "24 and 72 box problems" makes it a general statement about those types of problems. But the point here is about the specific 24 and 72 box problems dealt with in the paper. That is what the phrase "

Besides, is it so "inflationary" to want to be as synthetic as possible? This is a doubt I've always had in English, and in many ocassions I've got around. Today, I would just like to clear how to deal with the plural s when you have two singular things with something in common.

A 24-box and a 72-box problem/one (problems is impossible)

24-box and 72-box problems

24-box and 72-box problems

I think both patent and legal language also qualify for that comment. What they have in common is an attempt at bulletproofing against ambiguity. That spirit is partly what led to this question in the first place. I agree with your suggestion for the second of the instances below

"24- and 72-box problems."

- One problem instance was generated for each box size configuration in order to perform the qualitative and integration analysis only on two problems: a 24 box one and a 72 box one.

I would say that in this context your rephrasal moves away from the mathematical notion that the sentence wants to communicate. But, how about this?

- One problem instance was generated for each box size configuration in order to perform the qualitative and integration analysis only on~~a~~24- and~~a~~72-box problems.

Thanks to you both. It is all clear now.