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We are making a community blog, and we want to use community-selected intriguing questions as one of the topic sources, as it is done on SuperUser. The idea is to make it on a weekly basis so the whole would stay reasonably fresh.

Thus, please propose and vote for questions from the last week you think deserve blogging about as answers to this question.

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  • $\begingroup$ Why do we have to limit it to the previous week? This seems like an artificial distinction. $\endgroup$ – whuber Jun 11 '11 at 16:51
  • $\begingroup$ @whuber I think the motivation was to call attention to "timely" questions with a question of the week (and to help ensure weekly posts). Older questions could (and should) form the basis for other posts, of course. $\endgroup$ – JMS Jun 11 '11 at 17:29
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    $\begingroup$ @JMS Unlike some other forums, timeliness is rarely an issue here: questions and answers from many years ago can be (or should be) fresh. I'm suggesting that we not hobble ourselves with unconsidered emulation of what other communities might be doing. $\endgroup$ – whuber Jun 11 '11 at 17:33
  • $\begingroup$ @whuber you make a good point. Wish we had you in the chat the other day :P $\endgroup$ – JMS Jun 11 '11 at 17:35
  • $\begingroup$ @JMS We can't accommodate everybody's schedules around the world. The time of that chat happened to coincide with a previously committed part of my day. I did have a nice conversation with Rebecca Chernoff the previous evening about blogging on SE (and I believe that's one reason why she participated in yesterday's chat). $\endgroup$ – whuber Jun 11 '11 at 17:41
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    $\begingroup$ @whuber Sorry if that sounded snarky; not intended at all! I do recognize that even if we were all in the same timezone coordinating would be difficult, and given the reality it's impossible. All I meant was that your consistently thoughtful and valuable input was missed. $\endgroup$ – JMS Jun 11 '11 at 21:08
  • $\begingroup$ @JMS @whuber You are at least at the same continent! (-; $\endgroup$ – user88 Jun 12 '11 at 0:06
  • $\begingroup$ another advantage of this question is (if asked regularly) that it serves as a newsletter for casual site visitors. $\endgroup$ – steffen Jun 14 '11 at 11:45
  • $\begingroup$ There was an eye, so I used R to select the winner randomly. Details are on chat. $\endgroup$ – user88 Jun 18 '11 at 10:11
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This one is kind of an oldie, but got a bump recently:

Good GUI for R suitable for a beginner wanting to learn programming in R?

A post comparing some of the options might be nice. It may take more than one of us, given platform differences, etc.

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My vote would be for Essential data checking tests.

The pertinence of the topic to this community I think would be obvious. So for a few other reasons why I think this would be a good blog post:

  1. Its non-technical nature makes it accessible to a wide audience.
  2. I think it would be of interest to a wider audience across the stack.exchange sites, and so would be a good platform to gain stats.se some exposure to members of other sites.
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I think this one is an interesting question with an excellent answer:

How to tell if data is “clustered” enough for clustering algorithms to produce meaningful results?

I vote for this question because clustering is a very recurring topic, the idea behind clustering is simple but usually it is quite hard to get results in practice.

The question I proposed already has an accepted answer, and it deals with the gap statistic. The quality of the answer is outstanding.

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    $\begingroup$ Thank you. $\endgroup$ – chl Jun 14 '11 at 15:21

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