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Why was a question about predictive distribution closed?

The following question What is a predictive distribution? was closed for being duplicate to this one: Understanding Bayesian Predictive Distributions But the last question is specifically about ...
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What happens to reputation score if checked answer to on-hold question?

I recently answered a question on CV and the asker checked my answer. Subsequently, the question was put on hold as off-topic. I invested time and effort into answering this question, and I believe ...
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Are people in this community interested in having a new site for other Geospatial technologies?

Regarding this discussion that took place about 1 year ago and considering all the comments, I want to have a similar discussion here since CV is a community somehow related to remote sensing because ...
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When do upvotes occur?

What percentage of your upvotes would you estimate occurs after, say, 24h have elapsed since you gave an answer? My impression is that this percentage is very firmly in the single digits (~3-5%) in ...
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Many threads about combining p-values without the [combining-p-values] tag

There seem to be quite a few questions that refer to Fisher's or Stouffer's method for combining p-values, but without the corresponding combining-p-values tag. Would it help the site to tag those ...
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Do we need data-imputation, multiple-imputation and imputation tags?

There seems to be a fair amount of redundancy in the tags containing imputation in them. As of this writing, I observe the following distribution of imputation tag usages: data-imputation: 160 ...
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What is the [plm] tag for?

The plm tag has no tag wiki, no explanation. What is it for? I would like to add an tag wiki, but need first to know why it is there.
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Tag synonym question, with an application to adaboost and boosting

Adaboost is an early example for a boosting algorithm. Does that make the adaboost tag a candidate for a tag synonym with boosting? Or is the policy that special cases can get their own tag? If so, ...
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Data on things like tag views and upvote fractions

Is it possible to see (or generate / retrieve) data on things like which tags are the most widely viewed ones on CV, or what fraction of answers receive an upvote (or the distribution of upvotes on ...
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Why is the question about arXiv not off-topic?

I'm curious about why this question about the popularity of arXiv among statisticians is not off-topic. In full disclosure, I flagged it as off-topic and the flag was declined. To me, this decision, ...
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Etiquette for answering old questions addressed in comments?

Lately I've been perusing old, unanswered questions when I have a few minutes. I come across ones like this one, where the question is more or less fully addressed in the comments. Since these are ...
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JSM 2015 mixer?

I've asked on the CV Meta before about who is attending the Joint Statistical Meetings, and who wants to match the usernames and faces. Honestly, I am jumping from session to session during the day, ...
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What's the rationale for the 24 hour wait period for bounties to reward existing answers?

I posted this question, which received two outstanding answers. Since I can only select one as correct I decided to award a bounty to the other one. I thought it might be preferable if bounties of ...
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What is the proper balance between question & title specificity?

Glen_b and I have been debating how to edit this particular question. My view is that a title specific to the contents of the question is necessary as a summary of the question contents. The title, as ...
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Should we have full SO style question rate limits/temporary blocks and eventual bans?

Edit: added more precise info at the bottom. It was brought to my attention today in chat discussion with moderators of other SE sites that we don't seem to have all of the question-limits that SO ...
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Shouldn't we name the caret tag “r-caret” for consistency with SO?

Shouldn't we name the caret tag r-caret for consistency with SO? (The main reason is compatibility. Another minor reason is we frequently migrate questions CV <-> SO. So if you migrate SO->CV, the ...
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Tagging answers nor questions [duplicate]

From time to time there are questions that provoke answers that reach far beyond the initial question, for example, explain in detail some basic issues, or use detailed examples of some specific ...
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Would question seeking advice on software design involving probabilistic programming be on-topic?

I just wanted to try and see if I can cook up some simple Python routines to allow translation of commonly used models into code that we can then use some inference engine on. So, basically I am ...
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Dead end Questions

I use several Stack Exchange sites, with Stack Overflow being the most usual for me. I strongly agree with the points threshold (needed for every action in the Stack Exchange sites). I've never had ...
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Ambiguous [confidence] tag

I just noticed that there is a confidence tag - it does not have a description and it is hard to guess what is its purpose? Is it about confidence intervals (it has multiple questions tagged both ...
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Create analysis tag

A recurrent issue in our forum is applied analysis questions. Not only are there ample examples in the CV network, but it comes up in Meta repeatedly. I think questions of the nature are appropriate ...
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Should the Open Data SE be linked to from the “On topic” help center page?

The Help Center has a page for What topics can I ask about here?. Part of it states: Questions about obtaining particular datasets are off-topic (they are too specialized). The GIS site welcomes ...
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The [kernel] tag is dead

Well, it took a while, but I'm finally done with this effort: every question in kernel has been sorted into kernel-trick and/or kernel-density-estimate. kernel is now empty; a moderator should ...
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Downvoting comments

A few months ago, I posted this question on the CV meta asking about why a flag for deletion that I added to a comment was declined. This question generated what I think was some very interesting ...
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Plugging your software: allowed?

Recently, I wrote a small package to provide a formula interface (and some other bits) to the glmnet R package. This came about after I posted on StackOverflow ...
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Many (historical) duplicate questions - how to pick a “canonical” question?

I want to bring this up here rather than mass-flagging a whole bunch of questions as duplicates (and also avoiding the issue of choosing one as the "base") This question from today is a new member of ...
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Site design updates are live!

A design update is now live! Most of the changes are not visible; these tweaks go along with recent updates that were made to Stack Overflow: We moved the site's CSS to a newly refactored LESS ...
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The editing of “thanks very much” at end of posts [duplicate]

Whenever I make a post on a stack exchange account, over any of my accounts, I will almost always write "thanks very much for any help" at the end. This frequently gets edited out, I was wondering ...
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I think we need to talk about the SO/CV interface again

Two hours ago (ish), a new user posted this question on two-tailed F-values - how to do them in R. He (or she, but I'm going to say he) was told to take it to SO. So, he did what he can see to do -- ...
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Is there anything wrong with this question?

I am really puzzled that this question received no response, it does not seem to be a difficult question, it is simply asking for the opinion of when to use one method over another. Is this because it ...
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New proposal at Area51: R statistical computing

I think we could use a site dedicated to programming in R (similar to the Mathematica SE). I went ahead and made a proposal in Area 51 (link).
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Low profile low quality answers

It probably could be stated as a fact that "interesting" questions get more interest, answers and votes, while the "common" ones receive less attention on CV. I recently noticed that it happens (not ...
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Why is data collection listed as on topic, but a data collection question was closed as off topic?

After reading the third point (collecting data) on this list, I asked this question (What is the best way of collecting birth rate data?). My question is: why is "collecting data" listed as on topic, ...
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How much time do the top rep users spend on stats.SE?

Users like whuber, Glen_b, gung, Peter, Frank, Jeromy, .... I see your edits, comments and answers everywhere! I was just wondering how much of your time you spend on stats.se? Do you have scheduled ...
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Are questions on statistical language valid and do we need statistical-language tag?

I am referring here to recent question: versus (vs.): how to properly use this word in data analysis that asked about proper usage of "versus" word in describing relations between variables in data ...
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Learning from previous review decisions

As a new review queue user, I'm slightly intimidated by the possibility of misjudging a new post's quality. I would find it comforting to see how other, more experienced, users have reviewed in the ...
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Where should I ask a question about numerical issue about the EM algorithms?

I was trying to implement the EM algorithm (on GMM) in code, however, I was getting that in high dimension, I get numerical issues when computing the E-step: $$p(j|x^{(t)}) = \frac{ p(j) N(x^{(t)} | ...
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Asking for clarification on the benefits of redundancy or multiple questions and answers on one topic

I have discovered this site only recently, and coming from a non-mathematical or computer background, but with quite a bit of interest in statistics and scientific methodology, I've come to enjoy it ...
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The kernel tag is a mess – should it be changed?

The unfortunate collision of the word "kernel" as in "kernel density estimate" and the separate use as in "reproducing kernel Hilbert space" is making the kernel tag kind of confusing. The tag wiki ...
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Which community is better for machine learning questions?

I have asked a question on this community prior to this question. It was well-answered, and I adore this community. However, I have a question. It appears to be centered around statistics, but I also ...
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Do we need a unique “rstudio” tag?

I've observed that there are a small number of questions tagged as "rstudio." Is this strictly necessary? It seems to me that it would prevent splintering of R-related questions across multiple tags ...
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2015 Community Moderator Election Results

Cross Validated's 3rd moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the 2 new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for ...
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Should “link only” answers be flagged/recommended for deletion/downvoted?

This is closely related to an old question on Handling “look at this link” type of answers, which focussed on what the community's response towards such link-only answers should be, and is ...
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What happened to this question?

So I answered this question Jelly Donut Puzzle - What Can Statistics Say About These Donuts My answer got downvoted but that is not the point. The point is that the question got -4 votes, and all ...
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Why is a comment that maligns my field not inappropriate for CV?

I'm not sure where to bring up this issue, but the CV meta seemed as good a place as any. Recently I was reading this question about whether the banning of p-values and confidence intervals by the ...
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Proposal: add reference-request as a synonym for references

references has 718 questions, synonyms books, sources and resources and a tag wiki that seems to cover requesting references: "References" is our generic tag for questions seeking information ...
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2015 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

In connection with the moderator elections, we are holding a Q&A thread for the candidates. Questions collected from an earlier thread have been compiled into this one, which shall now serve as ...
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Is it okay to ask question about a specific paper / model?

I am reading a paper on multiple change-point model and do not understand one of the equation. Is it considered on-topic to ask questions about a paper like that? On the one hand, it's clearly ...
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Sending a private message to another user? [duplicate]

Since I don't have the enough reputation to "add a comment" (less than 50), I was surprised that I can't find the way to send a private message to another user. How can I do that?
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Two Nominees for 2015 Moderator Election

We are making questions to nominees (2015 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection), however until now we have only two nominees while there are two moderator positions, so the questions and ...