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Why was this thread deleted, and is there anything to do about it?

Yesterday, I answered a very basic question about the interpretation of percentages, and got a couple of upvotes from my answer. I don't have the original link to the question, but if it can help ...
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When is it appropriate to critique asker's methods? When is it appropriate to tell the asker to work for themselves?

I just offered this answer on a user's question: Analyzing review rating using R STM package - sample balance issue and I feel a pang of guilt discrediting an article they cite. I tried to provide the ...
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Are discussions on the editorial content of stats-wikipedia in scope for cross-validated?

Following this question and other random internet searches, I have scrolled quite a bit through the stat pages of wikipedia. Some pages are really good, but a bunch of topics are very poorly presented ...
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Language-specific code blocks versus default code blocks

I've sometimes noticed in the Suggested Edits queue, and even in some code I have written here, that this suggestions is often pushed forward, where it appears the code block already used includes the ...
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Deleted recent question

Till yesterday there was a question on "Alternative of SD and variance for non-normal variables". I was following the interesting answers, but suddenly I find that "This question was ...
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Biased moderation?

community! I've been successfully using StackExchange platform for years: helping and being helped. Below you will find the data about my reputation. Recently I stack with the task of calculating ...
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Tag for "structural zeros"?

There are frequent questions on CV about how to deal with structural zeros. Most recently, this question asked about how to use a variable for "spouse's education" when many people have no ...
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Disagreement over classification as duplicate

Yesterday I opened a question, When authors write "model of the data" is this a shorthand for "model of the data generating process", that was marked duplicate of Why do we use ...
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How should we address suggested edits that include copyrighted images?

I stumbled upon a suggestion for an edit that only added a copyrighted image to an answer, presumably without the authors' consent. I rejected the edit on this basis (as supposedly it would harm the ...
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I'm resigning as a moderator

I've been a moderator for a few years, but now I'm not really active neither as a member of CrossValidated, nor as a moderator, so I'm not the best candidate for the role anymore. That's the first ...
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Should I accept an answer and if so which one? All useful; none give obvious way forward

I asked a question that got quite a lot of attention and plenty of answers (perhaps in part because I managed to use a subject that was click-baity but appropriate): Having a second bite of the data-...
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What are the effects of using one's full name on cross validated versus a first name or a pseudonym?

There are some effects of using one's full name on Cross Validated versus a first name, a pen name or a pseudonym. For example, ChatGPT output some rather complimentary statements concerning "...
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Confusion about nonlinear tags

There are often questions about nonlinear data here, but I find the tags available are confusing. To my best knowledge there are three tags for this: nonlinear-regression, nonlinearity, and nonlinear. ...
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What do I need to improve on the 645648 ID question so that I have a better chance of getting an answer?

What do I need to improve on this question Interpretation of this learning rate finder plot$^\dagger$ to have a better chance of getting an answer? -- $\dagger$ deleted by the author
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Amending the "closed as duplicate" message?

Currently, the closed-as-duplicate message states: This question already has answers here: followed by a link to the duplicated question(s). However, it happens that someone who asked the question ...
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Should we close questions asking for help with model interpretation if the general issue has been discussed elsewhere?

Some questions on this site are of the basic form: "I ran this model and I don't know how to interpret these results." The individuals who ask these sorts of questions sometimes have a ...
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Could we have a canonical post on the interpretation of confidence intervals?

Interpretation of confidence intervals in both frequentist and Bayesian formalisms (credible intervals) have been a constant and repeated source of queries over the years at CV. Every now and then, ...
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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 June 25th, 2024 The site sponsorship has been extended through September 30th. Update on March 21, 2024 This site sponsorship has been extended through June 30th. Update on January 24, ...
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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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