I have just noticed this question:


The question have 9 views, and it is already voted to be closed by 5 users.

That means, that the OP + me + 5 "close voters" = 7, basically the question had only 2 silent users actually viewed the question.

I would advice to reopen the question, and give it a chance, since it is not off-topic, and there is enough info in it to answer.

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    $\begingroup$ Why do you say it's not off-topic? - what's the statistical aspect of the question? It does seem to be just a coding question. $\endgroup$ – Scortchi - Reinstate Monica Mod Nov 3 '16 at 8:40
  • $\begingroup$ seaborn is used to visualize your results, same as ggplot in R. $\endgroup$ – Uri Goren Nov 3 '16 at 8:49
  • $\begingroup$ Thus, it as "off-topic" as all of these results : stats.stackexchange.com/search?q=ggplot $\endgroup$ – Uri Goren Nov 3 '16 at 8:50
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    $\begingroup$ Well, many of the posts returned by your search have indeed been closed for being off-topic. Many merely illustrate something using ggplot, without being about it. Others have a statistical aspect to them, & others were posted when our site policy was different. I'd imagine you could find some recent ones that are just coding questions if you looked, just as you could find some unclear or overly broad questions. The help page says "if it needs statistical expertise to understand or answer, ask it here" - else SO or ... $\endgroup$ – Scortchi - Reinstate Monica Mod Nov 3 '16 at 9:08
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    $\begingroup$ ... one of these sites is appropriate. This one will be fine for SO, I think, if a minimal complete verifiable example is added. $\endgroup$ – Scortchi - Reinstate Monica Mod Nov 3 '16 at 9:10
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    $\begingroup$ @amoeba: You'll notice some are already locked: "This question exists because it has historical significance, but it is not considered a good, on-topic question for this site, so please do not use it as evidence that you can ask similar questions here. This question and its answers are frozen and cannot be changed." Others should be closed for other reasons - e.g. stats.stackexchange.com/q/209407/17230, which the OP never made clear enough for us to tell if there was a statistical issue in there. $\endgroup$ – Scortchi - Reinstate Monica Mod Nov 3 '16 at 9:17
  • $\begingroup$ Seriously? there is a tag ggplot2, that is very active, with almost exclusively visualization related questions $\endgroup$ – Uri Goren Nov 3 '16 at 10:25
  • $\begingroup$ stats.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/ggplot2 $\endgroup$ – Uri Goren Nov 3 '16 at 10:25
  • $\begingroup$ I can't see why visualization questions by python users who are using matplotlib or seaborn should be off topic in cross-validated $\endgroup$ – Uri Goren Nov 3 '16 at 10:29
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    $\begingroup$ The general policy is set out here stats.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic (see Programming). $\endgroup$ – Nick Cox Nov 3 '16 at 10:47
  • $\begingroup$ "data visualization" is listed there, whether you consider "data visualization tools" as "on-topic" or "off-topic" is not my concern. However you should be consistent with R tools as well as python tools, and this is clearly not the case. $\endgroup$ – Uri Goren Nov 3 '16 at 10:57
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    $\begingroup$ That's the policy. It's hard to answer an assertion based on a personal impression that it's not being followed consistently I can assure you from personal experience that many people with voting powers try to follow it. I have very often voted to close R-focused questions as off-topic. $\endgroup$ – Nick Cox Nov 3 '16 at 12:30
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    $\begingroup$ Not your question, but the original question is unclear any way: where on a box plot do missing values belong??? $\endgroup$ – Nick Cox Nov 3 '16 at 13:53

Contrary to your comment, questions that are only about how to use R (e.g., ggplot2) are off topic here, whether for visualization or analysis or other purposes, and are regularly closed as such. The same is true for questions that are only about how to use Python (e.g., seaborn, matplotlib, etc.), Stata, Minitab, SAS, etc. A question such as, 'should I use barplots or boxplots for these data' is about data visualization, and is on topic here. A question like 'how to I make a barplot in seaborn' is not about data visualization, it is about how to use seaborn. Such questions can be on topic on Stack Overflow and regularly get good answers there.

I think this policy is applied consistently across software. Examine the questions listed under the tag. When viewed in the newest tab, you will see that all of the most recent 8 questions have been closed. But what about a question like: Visualizing highly dimensional data with response that can take only 3 values?, which is tagged with and wasn't closed? If you look at the thread, you will see the question reads,

I fail to think of a good way to visualize these data. I would like to visualize the space formed by the explanatory variables a,b,c,e,f and see which combinations is causing the the y variable to take one value or another.

That is a question about how to visualize data; ggplot2 is simply the OP's preferred software. But the OP may not get an answer to that part, and it is part of the social contract here that that is OK. (In fact, neither of the two answers include ggplot2 code; the one that has plots were made with JMP.) This example provides another way to think about this issue:

  1. If a question could be well answered using other software, it is probably on topic here.
  2. If the answer doesn't matter, but only the code demonstrating the plot does, and it must use the same software, then the question is about the software, not the plot or the data. It is off topic on CV, but may well be on topic elsewhere (like SO).

As a technical detail, almost certainly the close votes were applied from the review queue. The views of the thread in the review queue do not count towards the views enumerated on the thread.


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