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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Operations research questions---where to ask?

Where should questions about operations research be asked? Is cross validated appropriate, or are other sites within SE network better suited? I have had a look at ...
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Is it acceptable to edit other people's answers to include new information?

Recently I have noticed a few suggested edits that included adding new information to an existing answer. Is that acceptable? My intuition is that edits should not add new information that the author ...
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GINI score - what does the distribution of reputation across CV look like?

Background: I was on Stack Overflow and they seem to have a lot more traffic and users there. It seems to make sense to me because knew many more CS majors than stats majors in college. This made me ...
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Migration that went wrong

Recently we migrated question about repeating simulation function in R to SO. Initially I voted to migrate it to SO, however then it got quite nice answer by Xi'an that focused on its statistical ...
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What should we do with the ambiguous [Pearson] tag?

Our pearson tag (220 questions) is ambiguous and seems to be used inconsistently: it can refer either to Pearson's correlation or to Pearson's chi-squared goodness of fit test. I think it should be ...
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Rank-related tags are an enormous mess

Our rank-related tags are an enormous mess. Unfortunately, no simple synonymizing or renaming can help here, and ideally somebody should go through all the threads re-tagging them as appropriate ...
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Overzealous marking as duplicate

I think it is quite obvious (so long as you read it in its entirety) that this question has incorrectly been marked as duplicate. It is worth reading the comments too. EDIT: Just to be clear, my ...
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Is it wrong to edit badly formatted questions? [duplicate]

I'm wondering if it's OK to edit questions that do not format or punctuate text well.
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Can't see rendered MathJax [closed]

I'm trying to see the MathJax equations but all I can see is the $$ with the text in it. What's happening ? Do I need to install a plugin? I'm currently using ...
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What is and what should be our policy on making questions community wiki?

This recent question has just been converted into a community wiki (CW): When (if ever) is a frequentist approach substantively better than a Bayesian? I understand that the idea behind converting ...
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Where can we ask open ended questions about research?

I have been reading the paper Efficient Global Optimization of Expensive Black-Box Functions by Jones, et al. and they describe maximizing the expectation of a metric they created, called the ...
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Fixing typos and minimum change length

Fixing typos usually results in changing a character or very few. When trying to fix such typos (on other people questions), I get a message that the change is too short. I bypassed that problem by ...
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Help spread the wealth

[This post was inspired by this one] You may have noticed that I award the occasional bounty - I like to give one when I see a particularly good answer or a question I think should get an answer. ...