When choosing tags for the question: " Is there a difference between the "maximum probability" and the "mode" of a parameter? " I was surprised to find no "parameter" tag.

I hesitate to add an unwanted (or unuseful) tag. Is there a reason for the absence of a "parameter" tag, e.g. it is ambiguous? Would it make a valid synonym?

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    $\begingroup$ Hi David, I know this is a very old question, but I have been looking through [tag-synonyms] threads to see if some are still unresolved. Consider accepting whuber's answer if you think it resolved this issue. Cheers. By the way, by now there is [parameter] tag, it's a synonym of [parameterization] (and rarely used). $\endgroup$
    – amoeba
    Commented Dec 11, 2015 at 11:39

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Most sites avoid (or even overtly ban) tags that add no or almost no information, such as "statistics" here. More than half our questions deal with a "parameter" either explicitly (more than 11% of them) or implicitly (because they involve a model, a distribution, something to be estimated, etc: another 40+%). Please consider choosing a more descriptive tag such as and/or .

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    $\begingroup$ I removed the tag, but don't random-variable and summary-statistic have similar ubiquity? $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 17, 2012 at 8:50
  • $\begingroup$ Indeed this description could fits many (most?) of the tags to varying degrees $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 17, 2012 at 8:55
  • $\begingroup$ Parameter is simply the number, hence as a tag it is too general. Concerning your question, only tag bayesian should be left in my opinion. $\endgroup$
    – mpiktas
    Commented Apr 17, 2012 at 11:28
  • $\begingroup$ @mpiktas I have retagged, adding the estimation suggested by whuber and keeping the bayesian and summary-statistic tags - the later seems appropriate to me since two the question is about the equivalence of two summary statistics. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 17, 2012 at 14:37
  • $\begingroup$ @Macro, what is the "this" to which you refer? $\endgroup$
    – whuber Mod
    Commented Jun 8, 2012 at 14:02
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    $\begingroup$ I noticed that we do have a 'parameter' tag. While considering what possible use that tag could have, I searched the meta site and found this thread but it also appears the 'parameter' tag hasn't been deleted. Was it meant to be? If not, why not? I'm confused, given the discussion here which seems to indicate that it would be deleted. $\endgroup$
    – Macro
    Commented Jun 8, 2012 at 14:03
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    $\begingroup$ @Macro, I have merged parameter with parameterization and have cleaned up the (few) instances of "parameter". Thanks for following up on this. $\endgroup$
    – whuber Mod
    Commented Jun 8, 2012 at 14:06

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