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What to do about “sounds like spam” error?

I attempted to post a detailed question, focused on conceptual and statistical issues, not coding. The site rejected my post with an unexplained error message that my post looked like spam. I also ...
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Are we closing questions too fast?

It seems to me that we have been closing more and more questions, and that we are moving them into the close votes review queue very quickly. This seems to have evolved naturally, but I wonder if we ...
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Adding an alternative title to an existing thread

How can I make an existing thread easier to find using certain keywords? For example, today I had a question, "When does LASSO fail?". I searched this on Cross Validated and could not find an ...
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What happened to the journal club?

There were a series of seven chat session called the CV journal club but no more after that. There still seemed to be plenty of interested people at the seventh based on the post for that session but ...
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Updating/re-asking software-related questions

In R, there are two main packages for estimating mixed effects models: nlme and lme4. They have certain differences. (There are also other packages.) In 2010, we had a well-received question: How to ...
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Why Cross Validated instead of Statistics [duplicate]

I am curious why this site is called Cross Validated, and not directly called Statistics.
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Failure in CV to account for upvotes

I received two upvotes and an answer check on a response to an OPs question but the CV system failed to register them. Here is a link to this: Text to read to prepare for course in advanced data ...
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Suggestion to merge several questions on hyperparameter definition

Consider these three questions (in chronological order): What exactly is a hyperparameter? What do we mean by hyperparameters? What's in a name: hyperparameters I think it's pretty clear that ...
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When is traffic slow on CrossValidated?

A frequent recommendation (e.g., here and here) for retagging or otherwise editing multiple questions is to do it when traffic is slow. Then edit-bumped posts will only push older questions off the ...
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Policy on questions that read like, “How should I do my job?”

I was wondering what the policy is on questions which look like a commercial organisation is asking how to solve a business problem. It's totally understandable that everyone needs a hand from time ...
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Is [optunity] a valid tag?

There are 3 questions tagged optunity: http://stats.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/optunity What is this for? Is 'optunity' even a word? Should it be cleaned up?
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Tag proposal: [phylogeny]

Phylogenetic comparative methods (PCMs) are a branch of statistics focused on modeling evolutionary data (i.e., data on species' characteristics and phylogenetic relationships). I have found 24 ...
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“Question belongs on another site” close reason removed?

I was trying to flag how to write command to change the scale of x and y axes of graph plotted in r? to be moved to Stackoverflow, but the option seems to have disappeared. Was it removed? Did I just ...
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Tags: Bayes-network vs. Bayesian-network

I have noticed a user actively changing bayes-network tag into bayesian-network. Both tags have approximately the same number of ...
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Tag proposal: [cronbachs-alpha]

Cronbach's $\alpha$ is an estimate of the reliability of a psychometric test. It's admittedly rather field-specific, and I don't think many people outside of psychology or psychometrics have ever ...
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I read a question sometime ago but I can't find it anymore

I was looking for a specific question related to the probability integral transform, i.e., the theorem which states that if $X$ has a continous distribution, then $F_X(X)$ has the uniform ...
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The [error] tag and its wiki

The error tag currently has the following tag wiki excerpt: The error of an observed value is the deviation of the observed value from the (unobservable) true function value. Do NOT use this tag ...
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Is the CrossValidated impact “people reached” formula generally available?

This may be proprietary, but does someone know how they translate page views of questions and "highly ranked" (what does this mean?) answers into 'impact'?
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Suggestions for improving mixed models question

When are zero-correlation mixed models theoretically sound? I think the above question is well formulated and worthwhile. However, it didn't get any attention, so I put a bounty on it. The bounty ...
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New tag MAE (related to MAD)

In forecasting, there is a very common point forecast accuracy measure, the Mean Absolute Error (MAE) or Mean Absolute Deviation (MAD), which simply calculates the mean absolute difference between ...
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Do we need both [forecasting] and [prediction] tags?

I do not see a clear distinction between forecasting and prediction tags. Should they be made synonyms? Or should the distinction be made clearer (e.g. by expanding the currently very brief ...
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Bug in displaying the list of review badges

Badges such as "Custodian" (bronze) to "Steward" (gold) are awarded for each of the six review types. However, in browsing the list of users who have been awarded a badge, CV reports the same users in ...
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Should I edit a Community Wiki answer that seems wrong?

This answer just seems plain wrong to me. http://stats.stackexchange.com/a/501/39632 The question states that there are more features than observations, so backwards stepwise selection (which would ...
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What is [scoring] tag about?

I just noticed that we have scoring tag -- what is it about? It does not have description. It's content is pretty chaotic: from Good books/papers on credit scoring (my initial guess for what is it ...
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In comments, why do SE-origin URLs not render as the title automatically?

In many places on SE, if you paste the URL of a question or answer, it is displayed as the title of the question/answer, rather than the URL. After I noticed this, I expected it to be the case ...
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The scourge of the Time-Series Tag!

In the Stats.StackExchange community, there's one tag called 'Time-Series'. About 16.2% of CV questions are related to Time-Series, so I would think that only a negligible part of these would not get ...
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How many questions about cross-validation do we honestly need?

We have a wealth of questions about cross-validation, such as Cross-validation including training, validation, and testing. Why do we need three subsets? What is the difference between test set and ...
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Increasing visibility to questions by upvoting comments = cheating?

I have begun posting questions in CrossValidated and recognized that many go almost unnoticed. I realized that by periodically upvoting the corresponding comments the question may reappear as ...
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Would you recommend phrasing questions controversially to provoke a response?

For example: "Why are small sample sizes better?" instead of "Why do small sample sizes give more significant p-values for rare events?": I tried this just as an experiment because I wasn't getting ...
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Feature allowing to indicate answerer's confidence level

Sometimes I write answers and use fancy Greek letters which fools naive people to think that I am a Mathematician (which I am not). So I sometimes put a disclaimer in bold (e.g. Disclaimer: I am not ...
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Is there an ideal time of day to ask new questions?

Or more specifically, is there a peak time of day when a greater proportion of newly posted questions tend to get answered? When are the experts online and actively answering? And conversely, are ...
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If you misunderstand the question, should you delete your answer?

When users struggle for appropriate jargon, I often misunderstand what they're after. I feel like if I had a dental appliance, I could encourage more precise questions on this site. Nonetheless, I do ...
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Tag-candidates for removal

We already have a thread for proposing candidates for tag synonyms, but there doesn't seem to be a similar thread for proposing tags for deletion. Similarly to the "synonym" thread, let's use this one ...
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What are your thoughts on users who ask too many questions?

It seems that some folks are asking large amounts of questions. I remember seeing one fellow ask over 10 questions in an hour! This is getting outrageous, should we introduce a limit on the maximum ...
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1answer
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How do users go about reporting errors in Badge Stats (particularly for participation badges)?

For the past few weeks I've been signing in every day to check various posts and noticed that I was getting close to an Enthusiast Badge, having accumulated 21 or 22 days out of the necessary 30. I ...
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Why do so many questions on Cross Validated continue to go unanswered? [duplicate]

Have a look here and scroll to the bottom. You'll notice that (as of the day of this post) Cross Validated has the 3rd worst record for percent of questions answered among SE sites. Only 61% of ...
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Closed question - discussing differences between statistical procedures

This question was originally on stackoverflow and I flagged it to be migrated to this site. The question is framed in terms of choosing between two different SPSS procedures, which is a statistical ...
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Show reason for closure when reviewing questions for reopening

It would be helpful if the reopen review queue always explained why the questions were initially closed. When reviewing close votes, the system shows the reasons other reviewers gave for closing the ...
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Might someone explain why this is marked as duplicate?

This has been marked a duplicate of this. The former concerns the posterior of a normal likelihood with known mean and gamma precision; the latter, the conjugate prior of a gamma distribution. In ...
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Two threads about “alternatives to p-values”

These two threads seem closely related: What are alternatives to p-values - an earlier thread, which originally was asked from quite a "software implementation in R" point of view, but received a ...
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Can I post a statistics related question here that got no answer in 'Mathematics'?

A few months ago I posted a question over at http://math.stackexchange.com/. The question is related to error analysis, and it got no answer over there. Is it acceptable to re-post it here?
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What is the difference between our hypothesis-testing, statistical-significance, and p-value tags? Do they need to stay separate?

Two very popular tags are hypothesis-testing (3.4k questions) and statistical-significance (2.4k questions). These two concepts are very much related, and whenever I happen to edit a question that ...
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Is there an area to ask a question about how a company uses data science?

My question is: What data science tools does Khan Academy use to track student performance? More specifically: I'm curious as to how they track their performance in relation to a student that is not ...
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Follow-on to a question with too much scope

I am really enjoying working through the problem here. I could write a dozen articles for my question. It is a good question, but it is extensible. It addresses a big area. Do you recommend that ...
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How far would this question about dependence and correlation have to be edited to not be deemed a duplicate?

We have a thread, Real life examples of difference between independence and correlation, which currently reads: It is well known that independence implies zero correlation but zero correlation ...
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Is it okay to add the bayesian tag if my answer is Bayesian? [duplicate]

I have given Bayesian answers to questions that do not have the bayesian tag. Sometimes my Bayesian answer is accepted and there's not tag to lead anyone there. Is it ever okay to add the tag? Do I ...
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Is it okay to substantially edit (i.e., completely rewrite) my answer?

I answered a question recently and then realized I needed to add material to provide a full answer, which I did. (I did this after the answer had received an upvote. I don't know if that's an issue.) ...
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1answer
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Migrating programming questions to StackOverflow

Yesterday, I asked this question: Train test split in `r`'s `caret` package which was promptly downvoted and closed due to being off topic. I understand that, and I made a mistake to post it. ...
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A user insists on making a detrimental edit to one of my posts. What do I do?

Twice today a user has taken it upon him/herself to edit my post to remove what I think is a useful piece of visual information (the cover of a book which also has a graph that I make repeated ...
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Should we have a tag for the coupon collector's problem?

The coupon collector's problem is a well-known example in probability. Searching the site for coupon is:question suggests we have about a dozen posts on it, but ...

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