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Updating own answers

I have old answers here that would really profit from an edit, e.g. linking to later answers, or to other resources I have become aware of. What should I do here? I could edit the answer. That would ...
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Off-topic message: why is the Open Data website so prominent?

The "off-topic" message when a question is closed currently reads as follows: This question appears to be off-topic because it focuses on programming, debugging, or performing routine ...
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Did someone... clone... a question?

We just got a question How do I compare the results between two different Likert Scales questionnaires? from a newly registered user. Under "Related", I see a question asked four years ago: ...
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Is this really a Wiki?

Is this question really qualified as a "wiki" question? Frequentist probability: Can we prove mathematically what we are setting probabilities equal to, or are they just assumptions/...
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Shall we edit the Help Centre page on generative A.I.?

S.E. have added a new help page on the use of generative A.I. to write answers: https://stats.stackexchange.com/help/ai-policy I think what's lacking is any reminder that whoever posts an answer is ...
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Recommended visualization libraries question - on topic?

We have an antique question (asked in 2011): Recommended visualization libraries for standalone applications. Yes, we do have our data-visualization tag, and this one asks about visualizing data (not, ...
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Could we have a tag for question about books?

The tag "references" is about requests for references. Fine. That's a useful tag. But the tags "textbooks" and "books" are synonyms of that tag. That leaves us with no ...
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Are Scihub or Mega/Google Docs articles allowed on CV?

Was just curious about this question today because I have sometimes seen that people here will ask for article links which include whatever is relevant to their statistical questions. Sometimes this ...
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Why do statistics journals generally have low impact factors, long publication times, and low acceptance rates? [closed]

Disclaimer: I realize this could be perceived as off-topic, but wanted to get perspectives from those directly in the field. If this question gets closed, I understand. I've been investigating ...
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2023: a year in moderation

It’s that time of the year again! As we wave goodbye to last year and welcome the new one, we have a tradition of sharing moderation stats for the preceding calendar year. As most of you here might be ...
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Is it off-topic to ask for examples of situations where a lack of statistical understanding causes a problem in data science

Sorry for the long-winded question title. During interviews for a junior data scientist position I have noticed that almost every interviewer I have talked to (not recruiters or "talent managers&...
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Should we have a "nonlinear multilevel analysis" tag?

The title basically tells it. Multilevel models are pretty popular as a question topic and it might be good to have a separate tag for the nonlinear type. But I'm not sure if it's needed. Link to ...
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Should we opt for the banner warning the usage of AI-generated contents?

A new banner highlighting the policy on using AI-generated material has been developed and experimentally used (has been graduated) at SO and it has resulted$^\dagger$ in [...] a reduction in posts ...
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Chatgpt and similar chat bots are trained using CV content. Did we agree to it?

When we started contributing to CV we did not foresee the content would be used to train chat bots and that chat bots would be as profitable as they are. Did we consent to the content to be used to ...
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Google Cloud will be Sponsoring Cross Validated SE

Update on March 21, 2024 This site sponsorship has been extended through June 30th. Update on January 24, 2024 This site sponsorship is now only visible to users in the US and Canada, due to the ...
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What to do with questions that have bad or incomplete code?

Many people include code in either their questions or their answers, in R or Python or some other language. That's fine. I'm not talking about questions that fall under the 'asking for code' category. ...
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If someone asks "What is the intuition behind the idea that for linear regression, ...", does the answer have to be only about the linear regression?

Since this question asks for an intuition behind the idea: What is the intuition behind the idea that for linear regression, the number of observations should exceed the number of parameters? I ...
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What tags cover data dredging?

There does not seem to be any one tag covering all of data dredging. The tags I can find are [p-hacking], [stepwise regression], [feature selection] and [model selection]. Are there any other tags ...
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Unanswered questions

I know this has been discussed here on CV meta before, but the most recent discussion I can find is quite old, so I thought it might be worth a new question. We have a lot of unanswered questions. ...
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Is it on topic to ask about derivation of mathematical statistical formulae?

I am studying multilevel/hierarchical models and I have trouble deriving the mathematical formulae for certain models. Is it on topic to ask about this ? I mean, I fit a model with software, and I ...
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How to request reason for closing

My question was closed for lack of enough detail and no private feedback was provided as to what detail is exactly missing, which is not how I read it is supposed to be. Even though I cannot think of ...
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How to vote on partial answers?

At times I see that someone will provide an answer that, while not directly addressing all of the points in a question, will nonetheless give a good insight on something that is either partially ...
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Distribution of question and answer votes on CV

My question is simple theoretically, but probably not so simple practically... Is there a way to check the distribution of question votes vs answer votes on CV? My assumption is that people are more ...
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Why were my "no longer needed" comment flags declined?

Today, I needed to search about fitting discrete distributions on my mobile device; I ended up in the thread How to fit a discrete distribution to count data?, which was indeed quite relevant. Under ...
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Feedback on question: E-commerce - Does higher delivery time lead to lower sales?

I've recently asked a question E-commerce - Does higher delivery time lead to lower sales?. In this question I ask for help on finding appropriate statistical methods on a problem that I am facing. My ...
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What is the proper way to delete your own answer?

There are times when I answer here -- but, upon further reflection, it is clear that I'm not the best person to answer the question (because of lack of expertise or just confusion about the question). ...
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Do we want to volunteer for the alpha test on lowering rep requirements for voting?

SO is looking for some sites where they would experimentally lower the rep requirement for voting to 1. Do we want to volunteer? I would suggest up- and downvotes on this question to stand for "...
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What's the difference between "needs more details or clarity" vs. "needs more focus"?

I often get locked into comment stalemates trying to get specific conditions on open-ended questions so that there is a clear answer or two to address the question. The problem arises when posters ...
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Do we have a canonical Q&A for deriving KL divergence for two Gaussians?

The question of deriving the KL divergence of two Gaussians appears frequently. It arises especially often in the context of variational auto-encoders, because the essential paper on the topic by ...
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Confusion about reopen vote with no actual edits shown

I sometimes see a reopen vote in the queue that looks something like this: Here I see that the question has been edited, which is why I assume it is now in the reopen queue. But I don't see anything ...
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Suspension and length of suspension of irrespective of user merits?

I stumbled upon a user with a record of popular and interesting questions to have been suspended because of low-quality posts for a year. I find this drastic, in particular in view of the user's ...
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Moderator using *nuclear* option

My question Clustering vectors of unequal size was unilaterally closed by a moderator less than an hour after it was published. While the question might require some improvement or might be even too ...
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Is it OK to share codes in the answers

A short while ago my first question was closed because it was about programming (well, it wasn't my intent but I understand why, so I deleted the question). Now, I wonder if it is OK sharing codes in ...
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What to do with the [sequence-analysis] tag?

I find this tag is often being misused, at least according to it's excerpt, the original Meta thread and also the tag wiki. Currently, sequence-analysis reads: [Excerpt] Analysis of a DNA, RNA, or ...
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Bounty community wiki?

I want to get an answer to our new quantile regression community wiki that addresses a particular aspect of quantile regression that is not being addressed in the current answers, so I thought I’d ...
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How much has the traffic of CV fallen over the past one and half years?

Over the past one and a half years, Stack Overflow has lost around 50% 35% of its traffic (Update: Around 15% of the observed loss seems to be related to the recategorization of the Google Analytics ...
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How can we encourage new users to edit their closed posts?

New or inexperienced users are sometimes faced with their question (or answer) being closed without any detailed feedback, or even without any comments on their post. While this is definitely the way ...
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Should this question about the Monty Hall problem and odds ratios be closed as off-topic?

Recently I asked the question: How to reason about the Monty Hall problem with odds ratios? It was closed due to being deemed off-topic. I'd like to challenge that decision. The two reasons that were ...
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Is it on topic to ask about how implementations of a certain algorithm deal with certain problems?

For instance, would the following question be on-topic? In the context of training a decision tree, let $Y$ be the dependent variable and $X_1, \dots X_d$ the independent variables. In a typical ...
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Non-English recommendations of books on mathematical and theoretical statistics or probability? [closed]

There is a large number of questions asking for recommendations of textbooks and material on these fields. Unsurprisingly, given the language of this site and most of its audience, resources are ...
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Really confused about this constant edit suggestion

I keep seeing a user in the Suggested Edits queue doing the exact same edit to several questions, such as this one here. It always has the same typo "Thanks in Adavanced" and the deleted ...
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Should quote only answers be treated like link only answers?

As the question suggests, I'm unsure of what to do with flagged answers that only have a quotation and no other commentary. For context, I came across a review today with this answer, which fits this ...
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How can I improve my off-topic question?

I recently posted this question and it was quickly closed as off-topic. Could anyone offer any advice as to how this question may be improved, if it is at all salvageable? This will help me with ...
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June 5 General Moderation Strike: Recap, Possible roles, consequences and other relevant info

I won't beat the bush here: for cognizance of the community, I would briefly state all the recent events that unfolded over the past week or so. And then (my personal opinion) there would be a message ...
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Spam-poster on the loose: Flag, VTC, Both?

We have someone on the loose right now who is making post after post that is grossly off-topic. What is the most helpful action for users to take when we see this? Should we vote to close to hit the ...
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how to make this a better focused question

I have a question about my Cross Validated post: How to set up my workflow and data for my first network model Hello, I would appreciate help. I am trying to ask a question, but I don't understand ...
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Delete [analysis] tag?

I recently encountered analysis and found it to be a bit confusing and unnecessary, despite the detailed tag info. I then discovered this meta thread about it from 2015 that proposed creating the tag: ...
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Possible loss of some images from posts owing to Imgur's plan to remove old, unowned content with low views

Imgur TOS change on May 15th 2023 could cause the loss of thousands of Stack Exchange images! Note first that images with https://i.stack.imgur.com or ...
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Editing an old answer or adding a new answer: which is more appropriate in this case?

I came across an old question Computing p-value using bootstrap with R and I thought that the answers might benefit from a graphical presentation. I liked the answer by Jan S. which shares my idea ...
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Are we free labor for OpenAI?

Recently, I’ve seen a number of CV users plugging questions into ChatGPT to help generate answers/content. Some of these users self-report to be educators. So, here’s the question: When we turn ...
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