Is it intentional that the HTML title for the CrossValidated site is "Statistical Analysis"? Or is it a hold-over from the beta name?

The HTML title is what determines the browser window title and the default bookmark title, which makes things seems a bit out of sync.

EDIT: Just to clarify/expand after seeing mbq's answer, there are three prominent "names" for the site:

  1. stats.stackexchange.com: domain name in URL
  2. Statistical Analysis: HTML title used in browser title and bookmarks
  3. CrossValidated: internal name used in page headers

I understand it's difficult to update a domain name (though not impossible), but I don't see why the HTML title (#2) shouldn't also be changed to "CrossValidated".

  • $\begingroup$ In fact the situation is a bit more complex -- crossvalidated.com is registered and works as a synonym to stats.stackexchange.com; on the other hand Statistical Analysis works as the name on SE-wide pages like stackexchange.com, data explorer, blog, etc... $\endgroup$
    – user88
    Apr 16, 2011 at 23:17
  • $\begingroup$ And I know what you meant; I just hope that your post may be an impulse to rethink and settle this stuff. $\endgroup$
    – user88
    Apr 16, 2011 at 23:22
  • $\begingroup$ @mbq, by editing my question, I didn't mean to suggest a misunderstanding in your answer. It's just that your secondary point motivated me to clarify that my question is not about whether CV or SA is a good name. $\endgroup$
    – xan
    Apr 17, 2011 at 14:51

2 Answers 2


As I understand, the general idea of SE team is just make everything a topic.stackexchange.com to build a StackExchange brand. Statistical Analysis outside and CrossValidated inside is a kind of status quo -- the same is with cooking, which is internally SeasonedAdvice, and Apple being AskDifferent.
I like CrossValidated as a name and I'm of course glad of this compromise, but honestly I don't know what are its terms, thus I don't know what are the odds of moving it in any direction.

Anyway I'll repeat the most utilitarian reason why CV is better than Stats -- this is not a site about Statistical Analysis, but about statistical analysis, designing experiments, collecting data, data mining, machine learning, visualizing data, probability theory, mathematical statistics and statistical and data-driven computing. The only short statement to cover it is "data science", but on the other hand this collides with SE data explorer.
BTW the "Q&A for statisticians, data analysts, data miners and data visualization experts" line reflects the wide scope already, and it looks somewhat strange written below "Statistical Analysis"...


A few months ago, we went and updated most of the HTML for the named sites. Now, Cross Validated should appear in the title text of the page / in the tab you have the site open in.

  • $\begingroup$ Nice work, thanks! $\endgroup$
    – chl
    Nov 1, 2012 at 12:37

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