Given everything, I'm inclined to request that we change our "beta" site name from "Statistical Analysis" to "Data Analysis", and the respective subdomain from "stats" to "data". I think this would be more fitting for how the site has evolved.
data is reserved for our network.
We will be moving http://odata.stackexchange.com to http://data.stackexchange.com
"Data" meaning, the creative commons data dumps of all sites in our network.
now complete, see:
$\begingroup$ That's a bummer, although I understand why you would want to keep data for this purpose. $\endgroup$ Nov 1, 2010 at 17:32
$\begingroup$ Oh well, thanks for letting us know so promptly. $\endgroup$ Nov 1, 2010 at 18:06
$\begingroup$ So I thought... not to mention it is on the other hand too broad. $\endgroup$– user88Nov 1, 2010 at 21:47
Is it worth it given that we move out of beta (and presumably to a new URL and site-name) in 48 days? The change will last about 6 weeks at most. It is obviously important that the new permanent name and URL are seen to be inclusive of statisticians as well as those in the data mining community.
Agree with Q. I honestly had precisely the same thought myself before I saw this Q.
I think it's a good time to revive this topic, in light of more recent developments on the current likelihood or otherwise of changing the site name (see this question), and as according to area51 we've just finished our beta phase and "will be launching very soon" (yey!).
$\begingroup$ As we are apparently no longer allowed to have CrossValidated.com, I agree -- Data Analysis reflects the nature of the site better than Statistical Analysis. $\endgroup$ Oct 19, 2010 at 3:20
$\begingroup$ @Rob We don't know it yet. Cooking showed some compromise is possible. $\endgroup$– user88Oct 19, 2010 at 6:31
$\begingroup$ Beta ended, yes, but we won't start soon. We have no design and SE team seems to have other problems now. $\endgroup$– user88Oct 19, 2010 at 6:33
I think Data Analysis is a better name than Statistical Analysis. Even better is maybe "Data Science" what do you think?
1$\begingroup$ My understanding of 'Data Science' would be much broader, encompassing computer science, information science, data management... $\endgroup$ Oct 28, 2010 at 8:15
3$\begingroup$ I might be in the minority, but I don't like the term. Beyond which I think that it has mostly been invented to cover "big data" problems, so it would actually limit the scope of the site. $\endgroup$ Oct 28, 2010 at 13:51
1$\begingroup$ @Shane good point. $\endgroup$ Nov 1, 2010 at 17:01
If we can't have
data. then how about
Data Anal. is used as the abbreviation for "data analysis" in journal titles such as Lifetime Data Analysis, Intelligent Data Analysis, Advances in Data Analysis and Classification, ...
$\begingroup$ The anal abbreviation has other interpretations. Probably best to avoid that. $\endgroup$ Nov 2, 2010 at 11:09
$\begingroup$ I agree with Rob; the hyphen isn't a great idea either (IMO). Maybe just analysis.SE? Or else leave it as stats.SE. We have CrossValidated as the site name, so that's something. $\endgroup$ Nov 2, 2010 at 13:04
$\begingroup$ analysis.SE would be far too ambiguous. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Analysis. $\endgroup$ Nov 2, 2010 at 18:55