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Duplicate linked to question with no answers

Today I found something strange, a question that is marked as a duplicate of another question that is closed as off-topic (while IMHO it was not off-topic, but that is a meta off-topic comment in ...
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Am I abusing edit history by using it to hide code for a plot?

Sometimes code is an important part of an answer. Other times, code is interesting and potentially useful to others, e.g. how to construct a plot, but doesn't help the OP in answering their question. ...
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Is it okay to edit the title of a question to make it broad enough to fully encompass an existing/accepted answer?

I know that people here are very squeamish and punctilious about editing questions of others, and rightly so (see editing is not rewriting). But here is one particular situation that I would like to ...
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What is our policy on merging duplicate questions?

Sometimes a duplicate question gets an answer before it gets closed as a duplicate. In some cases this answer is either better than the answer(s) in the "main" question, or at least adds something ...
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Let's curate “What's a real-world example of “overfitting”?”

The following question was recently asked on the main site, and quickly showed up on Hot Network Questions and gained many views. What's a real-world example of "overfitting"? Let's ...
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CrossValidated should not use C.W. as a rep-denial mechanism or for “soft-close”

I've noticed that community wiki status is sometimes applied forcibly to posts that moderators judge are not quite a good fit for this site -- too broad, too open-ended, or too likely to attract ...
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Shouldn't we merge [definition] into [terminology]? Please vote

I think whatever the difference between definition (60 questions) and terminology (247 questions) might possibly be, in practice these tags are used interchangeably. Therefore I suggest hard-merging ...
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Why was an answer considered off-topic and when it was deleted?

One of my recent answers got deleted while it got scoring of +12/-2 and for some time it was the accepted answer. I would consider this scoring to be rather positive. The answer that got deleted ...
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Best practice: How to request clarification from the author without 50 rep to comment?

I'm new to Stack Exchange and want to answer questions, but without 50 rep I can't post a comment asking the OP for clarification. Is there a clear guideline for what to do in this situation? (If ...
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How does Stack Overflow actually manage to work given ~100x higher traffic than here, and what can we learn from it?

This question is inspired by @Glen_b's worry yesterday that we [are] seeing a dramatic drop in answers per question and is also related to my own question from almost a year ago about How not to miss ...
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When should answers be self-deleted?

I'm new here. Yesterday (my time) I answered this question. In the subsequent micro-discussion that took place in the comments, discovered that I had, in fact, misread the intent of the question, and ...
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CV and Data Science: semi-identical twins?

I would like to reopen the discussion regarding CV and the Data Science beta. This question is related to this previous one: Data Science SE but now with a better view of where Data Science seems to ...
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CrossValidated vs DataScience: what is different? [duplicate]

Probably it will be off-topic, but anyway I really want to know the difference between this forum and Data Science forum? The both communities are the subparts of StackExchange and at the moment I ...
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Economics.SE has entered Public beta

The second attempt to launch an Economics.SE site has gone into public Beta. On-topic there are of course Econometrics also, so if you hit on an econometric question on Cross Validated that rests ...
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Meta CV tag - [statistics] vs [site-statistics]

A recent suggested edit to the statistics tag wiki (and excerpt) came up. The change was to make it explicitly for discussion of statistics relating to activity ...
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Are we seeing a dramatic drop in answers per question?

From time to time I look at CV site-related stats of various kinds in various places. I was alarmed to look at this query on Stack Exchange Data Explorer (SEDE), Which shows a dramatic drop in the ...
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Inconsistency with closure and migration

There were two very similar posts on CV - this and the one it (almost) duplicates (at least, if you count the Q in comments, it's a duplicate). I marked the linked one as a duplicate and was in the ...
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My on hold question needs improvement

Asking about my On-hold question, What online tools to DIY-anonymize user names (no PII concern) I freely admit my question is naive in comparison to the included linked post. However, when I wrote ...
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Ways to integrate CV into Intro to Biostatistics curriculum

Disclaimer: I have read Using CV as part of a statistics course and believe I am asking a separate question. I teach graduate Introduction to Biostatistics (for non-biostatisticians). I try to give ...
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How to get an independent review of my article?

I am writing my first paper on Machine Learning. I worked on a problem, took the results, and wrote the paper. I discussed the results with my teachers and seniors; they said it looked fine. Now I ...
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Should Cross Validated participate in the 2014 “Winter Bash”?

For the third year running, the Stack Exchange team is organizing a "Winter Bash". Users earn "hats" for their gravatars by completing novel tasks (analogous to badges). Certain specific actions will ...
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How can a non-expert user decide which of multiple, highly different, answers to select?

This is something I've experienced several times, but it was brought home to me most clearly by my most recent question: How can I best deal with the effects of markers with differing levels of ...
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Is there a way to unflag?

I incorrectly flagged a post (simply caused by me being especially unobservant) before realizing I should have just voted-to-close (which I then did). Is there a way for me to unflag, so I don't ...
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Is there a way to protect against unreasonable downvoting

I have been downvoted on 5 answers this morning, the downvotes occurring in a batch with no comments left. The obvious conclusion is that some user decided for whatever reason to pick on me. Can you ...
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For “obtaining specific datasets” questions, let's recommend OpenData.stackexchange.com

Many of the questions closed with the reason "obtaining specific datasets" would actually be good questions for Cross Validated's new little brother: http://OpenData.stackexchange.com When closing ...
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Question about the use of statistics language on CV

This question is about the use of statistics language on this website. I've developed a set of features. Do I now "assess the effectiveness of these features in classifying data" or "assess the ...
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Should we make it clearer that there's no need to apologize?

Often - sometimes several times a day - I see questions that open (or occasionally close) by apologizing for the poster's ignorance or for asking a 'basic' question. Firstly, there's no need to ...
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Using Cross Validated for a “pre-review” of an Idea that might be suited for a publication

Let's say someone has an idea related to statistics, or for that matter another field, in which that person is not an expert. The idea works better than competing approaches found in literature, but ...
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Question wrongly marked as duplicate?

This question was marked as a duplicate of this question. However, they are not asking the same question, and I think that unless the answers at the supposed duplicate are altered to respond to this ...
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OK to close homework-help scans as “unclear what you're asking”?

It doesn't immediately grab me why such low quality homework help problems should be closed I need help with this estimation However, we probably agree this post should be nixxed. I think that ...
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Is it okay to re-tag a lot of old questions when appropriate ([kernel] $\to$ [kernel-trick])?

kernel and kernel-trick are two different tags on CV, with the first one reserved for kernel smoothing and density estimating, and the second one for kernel trick in maching learning (kernel SVM, ...
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Notify a user in a new question

I just posted a question inspired by an earlier question/answer pair in cross-validated (CV). I think this is part of the intent of the site and a delightful phenomenon. There were folks involved in ...
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Answering narrowly or more broadly: some evidence from green checks and upvotes

(UPDATE 28-8-2014 : Following suggestions, this post now appears also in the CV blog, ...
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Is discussion of statistics jobs & qualifications off-topic?

I'm mainly thinking about this question ("Is my learnings in Machine Learning fine?") which was put on hold for being off-topic. What I'm wondering is: would this question still be off-topic if the ...
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Migrating software syntax to StackOverflow or DataScience?

This is a provocative question: should we send "How do I do this in R/SAS/Python/Stata/SPSS" questions to the DataScience, now that it's open? Data cleaning is never a programming question, as it ...
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What are the guidelines for accepting/rejecting suggested edits? [duplicate]

I have recently acquired 2k reputation, and can now review suggested edits. Over the last several days I looked at an occasional pending edit, and not a single time could decide whether I should ...
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Is there any point to accepting your own (lone) answer?

I have at least one question that I'm the only person to provide an answer to. I haven't accepted my own answer. (I couldn't see the point, to be honest, obviously I think it answers the question, ...
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Cross-Posting on Math and CV

As I've been using Mathematics, I've noticed that questions related to statistics or probabilities take more time to get answered, if they get answered, than at CV. This is just my impression without ...
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What is the “take home” message if I get the tumbleweed badge?

My question (In inverse theory, how do I transform the averaging kernel matrix to a new grid?) earned me the tumbleweed badge: Asked a question with no votes, no answers, no comments, and low views ...
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Chat to attract answers?

Suppose I have some questions that I would like to see answered. May I use the chat to attract (indiscriminately) some users' attention towards my questions?
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Not-a-particular dataset request – still not kosher?

I think I know the answer to this, but as a naive newbie I posted a plea for "some interesting datasets" for a particular purpose. I see the rule about asking for "a particular dataset", and I suppose ...
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Putting Cross Validated stats on resume

This question has been asked on other SE forums, but has anyone on Cross Validated added their profile information (either putting their handle, rep, or both) on their resume or curriculum vitae? ...
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Does accepting answers discourage further answerings?

I once asked for some reasoning. I got a single answer but I hoped for more answers, possibly objecting the view of the single answer as this was what I had suspected to be right anyway. However, I ...
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Homogeneity tag incorrectly merged?

The homogeneity tag seems to map to "heteroskedasticity" This is problematic because homogeneity of variance is not the only form of homogeneity people are interested in. Consider, for example, this ...
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ab-test is not a technical term

Should the tag ab-test test be removed from the list or made into a synonym? It is jargon for the BI community and we should encourage use of proper technical terms to preserve the consistency of the ...
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“Questions about Datasets”: Possible Exceptions?

By and large, I agree with the practice of closing questions which refer to specific datasets (Matt Parker very nicely summarizes the issue in his answer here). Nevertheless, it's undeniable that ...
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Where should I ask a question about artificial intelligence?

I was interested in knowing which stack exchange site is appropriate for artificial Intelligence questions. Specifically, I wanted to understand the following statement better: statistical ...
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Relationship between question quality, answer count, and ordered answer scores

Background: On CrossValidated some questions never get answered. Some questions get amazing answers. Some questions get 20 unique answers, and some only get one. Is it the fault of the question? ...
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Unanswered questions as percentage of total – why does CV stand out?

Are there any ideas / proposed explanations about why CV stands out regarding the percentage of questions that have zero answers? (I have excluded questions that have answers, but none of them are ...
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How to increase reputation with very low reputation points?

I just logged into stack exchange for the first time to answer a very basic question about logistic models in R. I found out that I cannot answer the question because I don't have enough reputation ...