I am curious why this site is called Cross Validated, and not directly called Statistics.

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    $\begingroup$ Context: see some early meta posts - for example here here, and here $\endgroup$
    – Glen_b
    May 19, 2016 at 17:05

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Early in Stack Exchange history, it was expected that graduated sites would be on their own domain, like http://stackoverflow.com. Since getting a catchy dotcom name at a reasonably cost is tricky, people came out with non obvious names such as http://crossvalidated.com. Then the plan changed, but the name stuck around and the dotcom address now redirects here.

The blog post by Robert Cartaino explains the reasons for the change of plan. Newer sites are expected to have a name that describes the topic as clearly as possible.


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