If a terminology question asks about a subjective term, is it preferable to close it as primarily opinion-based or to write an answer explaining why it is primarily opinion-based?

Example: What is the difference between artificial intelligence and machine intelligence?

I have read the term "machine intelligence" in a few places, e.g. https://web.archive.org/web/20170219022131/https://research.google.com/pubs/MachineIntelligence.html:

Research at Google is at the forefront of innovation in Machine Intelligence, with active research exploring virtually all aspects of machine learning, including deep learning and more classical algorithms.

What is the difference between artificial intelligence and machine intelligence?

I'm not sure if machine intelligence is a rebranding of artificial intelligence, machine learning, or if it means something else.

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    $\begingroup$ I think the example question is on topic and not opinion-based (in principle). If a term is ill-defined, then one can post an answer explaining that it's ill-defined. $\endgroup$ – amoeba Feb 19 '17 at 17:01
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    $\begingroup$ The question sounds fine to me. $\endgroup$ – Firebug Feb 19 '17 at 17:44
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    $\begingroup$ I think the question would be a better fit for another site, the Artificial Intelligence SE site seems most appropriate, & is borderline on topic here. That said, in answer to your explicit question, if a Q asks for the definition of a term, that turns out to be opinion-based / subjective, it would be best to have an answer that explains that, rather than closing the thread. $\endgroup$ – gung - Reinstate Monica Feb 19 '17 at 17:48
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    $\begingroup$ In the absence of a language academy which prescribes what is English and what is not surely any question about the meaning of terminology is a matter of opinion? $\endgroup$ – mdewey Feb 19 '17 at 18:43
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    $\begingroup$ @mdewey Usually not. The test of whether something is just opinion rests on the evidence that can be brought to bear. In the present case, one can imagine a study of recent uses of "AI" and "MI" showing exactly how these terms are used and by which communities. The possibility of such a study--whether it has or even could be done--tells us this is not necessarily a matter of opinion. $\endgroup$ – whuber Feb 19 '17 at 19:57
  • $\begingroup$ Which of the above statements is factually correct and not an opinion? Isn't most of statistics opinion based anyway as proven by the many and recent huge public failures? $\endgroup$ – Paul Uszak Mar 3 '17 at 16:53

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