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We have two closely related tags (18) and (334). Maybe instead we should have something like [quantile-function] synonym to [inverse-cdf] and [quantiles-empirical] for all the other questions? Or maybe we should rather make the two tags synonyms?

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  • $\begingroup$ What's the problem with having [quantile-function] and [quantiles]? $\endgroup$ – amoeba says Reinstate Monica May 5 '17 at 12:06
  • $\begingroup$ @amoeba there is no problem at all, I'm just asking if we can make it less ambiguous and avoid spreading the questions between the tags. $\endgroup$ – Tim May 5 '17 at 12:07
  • $\begingroup$ To me [quantiles] sounds sufficiently different from [quantile-function] that I don't see much ambiguity. $\endgroup$ – amoeba says Reinstate Monica May 5 '17 at 12:09
  • $\begingroup$ However, there are a couple of dozens of questions that one could move from [quantiles] to [quantile-function] if we create it. See stats.stackexchange.com/…. $\endgroup$ – amoeba says Reinstate Monica May 5 '17 at 12:12
  • $\begingroup$ @amoeba most of them mention the "quantile() function" from base R so there is probably much less Q's to migrate. $\endgroup$ – Tim May 5 '17 at 12:52
  • $\begingroup$ Even better.$\:$ $\endgroup$ – amoeba says Reinstate Monica May 5 '17 at 13:12
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    $\begingroup$ @amoeba I created [quantile-function] tag and suggested it as a synonym to [inverse-cdf]. $\endgroup$ – Tim May 5 '17 at 13:15
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    $\begingroup$ Cool. Unfortunately, there are very few users who would be able to upvote (stats.stackexchange.com/tags/inverse-cdf/topusers), so we would need one of the mods to approve this synonym. $\endgroup$ – amoeba says Reinstate Monica May 5 '17 at 13:17
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    $\begingroup$ I'd say [quantile-function] is the same as [inverse-cdf] but [quantiles] is not a function $\endgroup$ – Glen_b -Reinstate Monica May 5 '17 at 14:44
  • $\begingroup$ @Glen_b that's the case, but among Q's tagged as [quantiles] it becomes blurry... Btw, as far as I can remember you're a mod and you could approve the tag synonym described above? $\endgroup$ – Tim May 5 '17 at 14:47
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    $\begingroup$ @Tim I'd want to see some consensus or at least allow a chance for people to voice disagreement with it first. Just because I think it doesn't mean it should happen. If some questions tagged as [quantiles] should be tagged as something else, that would seem to be an argument for changing the tags on those questions. $\endgroup$ – Glen_b -Reinstate Monica May 5 '17 at 14:50
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To summarize the comments:

  1. Make [quantile-function] a synonym of [inverse-cdf]. You can ping @Xian and ask him to vote, but apart from that there are no eligible voters, so we would need a moderator to approve.

  2. Check if some threads in [quantiles] need to be retagged into [quantile-function]. Going through this search with 22 results should probably be enough. I see some questions like Does a univariate random variable's mean always equal the integral of its quantile function? - definitely a candidate for retagging.

    Update: I retagged a couple.

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    $\begingroup$ I re-tagged one more and the rest of the 22 Q's seem to be fine and not need re-tagging. $\endgroup$ – Tim May 11 '17 at 7:49
  • $\begingroup$ @Tim, I wrote about it in chat and whuber accepted the pending synonym. Case closed. $\endgroup$ – amoeba says Reinstate Monica May 15 '17 at 20:21

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