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How to improve from too broad question to answerable question

I have asked in a general/broad way here thinking that as related to What skills are required to perform large scale statistical analyses? would be well received and useful for me. Then the comments ...
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Should images have alt text as a matter of course, and should alt text be added to existing images?

Here is an example image without alt text: [![enter image description here][1]][1] Here is an example image with alt text: ...
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User edits question after it was answered - how to react?

I guess such question may have been asked before, but I was not able to find it using search field on meta. What should we do if a user edited his/her question after it was answered? Edit your ...
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Shouldn't we be able to migrate Excel questions to SuperUser.com?

Currently we have no way of migrating Excel questions anywhere. They would be off-topic in most of the cases for http://stackoverflow.com, so we shouldn't migrate them there. However, it seems that ...
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How can I get excellent answers from a very general/high level question

I admire some users that ask a very general question but get excellent answers. Such as this question: What is meant by a “random variable”? I am talking about the long answer for this question by @...
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What is the [l-moment] tag for?

I noticed today that we have a tag for l-moments without a description. For once, this isn't my fault. I hope that by bringing it to the attention of meta readers, we could create one. (I don't know ...
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Burninate the “dynamic” tag

I just edited the online tag and noted some synonyms for "online" algorithms. Among them are "dynamic" algorithms, so I looked whether we have a dynamic tag or similar and whether making it a synonym ...
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Why do we have so few questions on SEM and latent variable modeling?

I know there is the very popular SEMNET mailing list, but this is unmoderated and suffers from extended discussions that become quite heated and personal from time to time. Given the popularity of SEM ...
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How to ask question that makes you famous and highly upvoted?

@whuber asked recently about Top Ten List of Reasons to Close a Question Immediately, i.e. how not to ask questions, but maybe let's address this from the opposite perspective: how to ask a "great" ...
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What to do when a question has an answer on Wikipedia?

Question http://stats.stackexchange.com/q/222702/58675 shows a classical errors-in-variables model (and in particular, since the calibration curve looks polynomial, total least square may suffice). ...
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Is it appropriate to heavily rewrite a poorly written question?

I occasionally come across a question that is poorly or awkwardly written, perhaps because the author doesn't speak English natively. How far am I allowed to go in editing the question? Should I ...
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Algorithms apparently off-topic: should we edit the help page?

Our help page What topics can I ask about here? says:– If your question is about Programming, ask on Stack Overflow. If the language is statistically oriented (such as R, SAS, Stata, ...
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Can interesting question be rescued from unnoticeability?

I just started wondering if there is anything that we can do with questions that are predestinated to become unnoticed and unanswered while having some potential. Take as example this recent ...
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Statistics on Cross Validated usage

Since CV is about statistics and machine learning, and this forum has been gaining popularity, can the organizers please share some statistics about CV. I'm sure a lot of folks would be interested in ...
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Top Ten List of Reasons to Close a Question Immediately

This is intended to be a "humorous and friendly thread on how to ask a horrible question" (amoeba) which can help new users understand how to write good questions. We hope you will contribute one "...
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How can I draw attention and get feedback to my answer for improvement

Sometimes I thought I had a good answer like this one. But the answer got no up vote or comment and seems no one care. How can I get attention to more users , with more feedback? Even down vote with ...
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Can I get additional reputation reward from badge like nice question or nice answers?

We have the badge system that encourage users use more features on the site. Does that make sense to give user more reputations after achieving badges like nice questions or nice answers?
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Why do some of my questions remain unanswered?

In my view my questions must be super easy and I make obvious mistakes as I am naive and learning on my own as I tackle real life problems. Nonetheless my questions remain unanswered. Any idea what's ...
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Should I answer questions with a solution in another programming language?

So after some time I really found a question that matches mine Clustering with some cluster centers fixed/known except it's asking in R and the only answer is not really satisfying for me. By now I ...
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Should there be a time limit on a question, where the OP has no activity, until moderators are allowed to accept answers?

I'm not sure, how the closing of old, without activity, question works, but shouldn't there be a time limit, until the moderators(by voting among themselves?) are allowed to accept a valid answer to ...
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“Risk” tag: no Wiki, unclear usage

The tag risk has no Wiki and seems to be used for several different topics, e.g. Bayesian risk risk in finance applications such as Value at Risk (VaR) epidemiology and accidents (human health ...
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How Can I Discover Former Moderators?

After many years of helping our site, especially through extensive edits and brilliant responses, @mbq and @cardinal have been promoted to moderators emeriti. Although the diamonds no longer appear ...
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Tag proposal: [long-memory]

Being generically interested in long-memory processes (or long-range dependence as it is also called), I wanted to have a look at past questions about this topic. I've noticed, however, that there is ...
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What should be our protocol for tag burnination?

There is this Meta thread: Tag-candidates for removal. During the last three months, it collected 8 answers with up to +12 upvotes. However, not a single action has so far been taken. As burninating ...
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What are useful differences (if any) between [algorithms], [numerics], and [computational-statistics] tags?

I have just found myself adding these three tags (numerics, algorithms, and computational-statistics) to the following question (noticing an offered bounty): What algorithm is used in linear ...
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Clarifying the [sem] tag for simultaneous equation models?

The sem tag is described as being for structural equation modeling, but a proportion (my hunch: 25%) of its use is for (econometric) simultaneous equation models. Is it worth clarifying, or splitting ...
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Introducing and (Re)Inventing Some Old and New Badges

Update: not all badges in the the list of badges are trackable in the badge tab of your profile - so badges that don't show up in the badges tab can still be earned (with few exceptions) I noticed ...
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Is there a way to permalink a section of a Wikipedia page?

I know how to link directly to a section-title of a Wikipedia page; I do it often to support an answer. I also know how to permalink an article as it stands right now (so I can be sure it still says ...
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How can we encourage askers to provide context?

When browsing unanswered questions, I very frequently find myself wanting to request the user who's asking a question to provide more context. Specifically, I often want to ask some form of "What are ...
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Are “how to report in APA style” questions on- or off-topic?

Today a question about reporting results in APA style appeared: How to report non-normal distrubution and wilcoxon in APA style are such questions on- or off-topic? The question is not much ...
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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 answer....
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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 ...