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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.

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Sorry, 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:
http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/12/re-launching-stack-exchange-data-explorer/

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  • $\begingroup$ That's a bummer, although I understand why you would want to keep data for this purpose. $\endgroup$ – Shane Nov 1 '10 at 17:32
  • $\begingroup$ Oh well, thanks for letting us know so promptly. $\endgroup$ – onestop Nov 1 '10 at 18:06
  • $\begingroup$ So I thought... not to mention it is on the other hand too broad. $\endgroup$ – user88 Nov 1 '10 at 21:47
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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.

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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!).

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  • $\begingroup$ 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. $\endgroup$ – Rob Hyndman Oct 19 '10 at 3:20
  • $\begingroup$ @Rob We don't know it yet. Cooking showed some compromise is possible. $\endgroup$ – user88 Oct 19 '10 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. $\endgroup$ – user88 Oct 19 '10 at 6:33
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I think Data Analysis is a better name than Statistical Analysis. Even better is maybe "Data Science" what do you think?

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    $\begingroup$ My understanding of 'Data Science' would be much broader, encompassing computer science, information science, data management... $\endgroup$ – onestop Oct 28 '10 at 8:15
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    $\begingroup$ 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. $\endgroup$ – Shane Oct 28 '10 at 13:51
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    $\begingroup$ @Shane good point. $\endgroup$ – suncoolsu Nov 1 '10 at 17:01
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If we can't have data. then how about data-anal. ?

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, ...

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  • $\begingroup$ The anal abbreviation has other interpretations. Probably best to avoid that. $\endgroup$ – Rob Hyndman Nov 2 '10 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. $\endgroup$ – Shane Nov 2 '10 at 13:04
  • $\begingroup$ analysis.SE would be far too ambiguous. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Analysis. $\endgroup$ – onestop Nov 2 '10 at 18:55

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