Derive vs. calculate

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Ben Jamin

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Can anyone tell me if the word derive in the following sentence is a good choice?

"Design parameters shall be derived using one of the approved methods."

The derivation process in this case involves choosing the appropriate values from tables and processing them by calculation to obtain technical parameters.

Can "calculate" be used instead of "derive".

"Derive" is seldom used in the field of technlogy that the document is about.
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