I have come across the following sentence and cannot quite make out a satisfying translation for how 'lisser' is used here. The dictionary says 'to smooth, to even out' but I do not think that this fits here.

Elle ajoute aussi que la fiabilité des informations est mise en danger par les applications qui lissent arbitrairement le Nutri-Score.

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The meaning is the one you found in a dictionary.

The applications referred to are criticized because they smooth (i.e. make less relevant) the Nutri-Score by weighting it with other metrics or whatever algorithm.

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Source: Mathilde Touvier Magazine de l'Inserm - n° 44

  • So, is it meant in a literal sense in this case, i.e. that the score is mathematically smoothed out? Or is it metaphorical? Feb 21, 2021 at 16:32
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    It might be either but lissent à leur façon is more a metaphor for they blur the asperities (the bad Nutri-Score values) their own way, they fiddle with these numbers.
    – jlliagre
    Feb 21, 2021 at 17:24

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