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Can we remove some of the old questions from the “unanswered questions” board?

I have noticed that several of the questions in the "unanswered questions" section actually have reasonable answers in the comments. Others have been there for many years without an answer, and it ...
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What is deep-rl?

We have a tag for deep-rl but it has no wiki and I'm not really sure what it is. Can anyone shed light on this?
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How are people asking and answering their same question within minutes?

I came upon this question which I thought was an interesting probability question and a detailed answer so I upvoted both. What are the mean and variance of a 0-censored multivariate normal? Then I ...
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Community Promotion Ads - 2018 [duplicate]

It's almost February in 2018, which isn't supposed to be the proper time to cycle these, but for this year it'll be once again, so we'll be refreshing the Community Promotion Ads for this year now! ...
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How do I properly make the distinction between DataScience and CrossValidated when migrating from AI?

I'm an admin on SE:AI. We tend to get a lot of questions that are more properly SE:Data Science or SE:Cross Validated subjects. Because it's difficult to stem the tide (Stack has a lot of hackers ...
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Why do time series questions get such a low response rate?

I know the response rate on this site is lower than most SE sites, but even taking that into account, the response rate to time series and forecasting related posts seems abysmal. Is there are reason ...
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Meta-analysis of the meta-analysis tags

There are meta-analysis×654 and meta-regression×101 tags. Meta-regression is a particular approach to meta-analysis so it's a subset tag. 90 out of 101 Qs are also tagged with [meta-analysis], i.e. ...
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Why was my edit fixing Python indentation rejected?

Can someone suggest why this suggested edit was rejected? It was rejected by two reviewers with the same reason: This edit does not make the post even a little bit easier to read, easier to find, ...
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What to do when a question with an open bounty is a duplicate?

Question Basic question about standard error in predictive model is clearly a duplicate of either How to compute prediction bands for non-linear regression? or Shape of confidence and prediction ...
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What to do if your accepted answer is wrong and you believe you know the right answer?

There is a question that I answered. That answer was accepted, and got a decent amount of points. It is also the only answer to that question. I later realized that my answer is wrong. But I now have ...
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Should we do something about [mixed-design] tag?

I noticed that we have mixed-design×63 tag that did not have any wiki excerpt. Many of the questions are about https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mixed-design_analysis_of_variance, i.e. ANOVA analysis with ...
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What to do if we see cross-posting

This question fitting a distribution to survival curve in R has been posted as an exact duplicate on Stack Overflow https://stackoverflow.com/questions/48137772/fitting-a-distribution-to-survival-...
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Is “data-preprocessing” on topic for CV?

I was reviewing first post questions and came across one seeming totally off-topic tagged data-preprocessing. Curious, I found a lot of ML questions invoking this tag. My gut says "data-preprocessing" ...
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Help me find a question on multiple measurements of the same quantity

I'm quite sure this question A better estimator than average? (whose title is not very appropriate, btw) is a duplicate. I suggested closing it as a duplicate of this one: Two measurement devices ...
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Does anyone compute statistics about Cross Validated? [duplicate]

I was wondering if any of you was computing statistics about the site. Stuff like: percentage of answered questions questions rate trends with time (for example, I guess during this time of the year ...
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Do answers with equations and formulas in them get more votes?

I have this hypothesis. Ceteris paribus the answers that have formulas (equations) in them get more votes than plain English answers. Do you agree?
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What to do about the [control] tag?

We have a tag control with 141 threads. It has no wiki excerpt and statistical-control is a synonym of it. The absence of a wiki excerpt is wise since the threads range from control groups, control ...
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What to do when existing answers to your question (with a bounty) are wrong or very incomplete?

I've recently asked this question, and I have two answers. One is very incomplete, lacking the most important cases. The other one I think is completely incorrect, although 'apparently intuitive'. ...
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What happens when the answer is beyond the asker's experience?

Roughly, there are many ways to "answer" a statistical question: with actual mathematics, with "proofs by pictures" or "proofs by simulation", and with casual explanation. Is it ever the case that ...
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What do I do if I have a bounty active, the answer is from an inactive user, but is mostly right minus a major edit?

I currently have a bounty active for When was the word "bias" coined to mean $\mathbb{E}[\hat{\theta}-\theta]$?. The answer is correct, except the article that is cited is wrong, as it can ...
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Is it possible to use interactive figures on CrossValidated?

Are there ways to incorporate interactive plotly graphics, or similar, into stats.stackexchange answers and questions? If not, are there alternatives? What ...
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Distinction between [hauck-donner-effect] & [separability] tags

We have two tags that seem closely related: hauck-donner-effect (69 threads) Excerpt: Also called "perfect separation". In logistic regression, if all 1 & 0 outcomes lie on different sides ...
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How do people find old posts to review, edit, or close them?

I've noticed that some people seem to find posts from years ago and moderate them, closing them as off-topic, duplicate or whatever. This seems valuable, since people can search the whole database of ...
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A reference to tell OPs to include in the original question the details added in comments

I often comment questions asking the OPs to provide more details, and I also suggest to add those details in the original question. However, this is frequently ignored, and most of the details remain ...
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Let's create [pmf] tag and keep it distinct from [pdf]

I just got clobbered for calling a PMF a PDF. In the pdf tag info it says Probability density function (PDF) of a continuous random variable gives the relative probability for each of its ...
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Course or what to study recommendation questions on-topic?

What should we do with "how to learn statistics/machine learning" questions? For instance: Mathematician wants the equivalent knowledge to a quality stats degree is pretty highly upvoted, community ...
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Tag for “number needed to treat” and “number needed to harm”?

I see we have no tag for number needed to treat or number needed to harm. Am I missing some tag synonym or should I create a new tag?
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How specifically should we “provide hints” to self-study questions?

We get quite a number of self-study questions, and one common comment says that We'll provide hints to help you get unstuck. So... how specifically should we provide these hints? Should we write ...
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Quasi-synonyms for quasi-tags

I have been reviewing our quasi-related threads, and have edited the wiki excerpt of quasi-likelihood to read: In GLMs, quasi-likelihood estimation is a way to allow over- or under-dispersion by ...
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Is it OK to use suggestions by other people to answer a question with a bounty?

I wrote this answer and wanted to make sure that I am not violating this community's etiquette. My answer builds on two suggestions made by other users in the comments on the question. Those other ...
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Should we create a [cycle] tag?

Searching for cycle and time-series I receive 339 results. Cycles are an important pattern in time-series analysis and therefore I think that they should receive their proper tag. Edit: The ...
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Rename [poisson] in [poisson-distribution]

I suggest to rename poisson into poisson-distribution, given that its wiki excerpt says A discrete distribution defined on the non-negative integers that has the property that the mean is equal to ...
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Tags for zero-inflated vs. hurdle vs. point-mass-at-zero models

We have a zero-inflation×254 tag but no tag for hurdle models. I have just created hurdle-model×1. Now I am wondering if it should better be made a synonym of ...
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“Benchmark” tag is ambiguous

We have an ambiguous benchmark tag that has 23 questions but no usage guidance and seems to be being used for several quite different things. Some questions are asking about benchmarks for ...
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Are contest-type questions appropriate for CV?

It occurred to me that creating a contest, where (1) a statistical challenge or problem was completely defined, (2) judging criteria were unambiguously defined in terms of the winning answer, and (3) ...
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What to do with unnecessarily crowded-looking questions?

There are questions like this and this which provide a lot of extra information and does not look good. If I were to Google a similar question and find the one on the CV, I would probably skip it due ...
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“Where to publish” questions: on-topic?

Are questions asking about venues for publishing statistical or machine learning-related articles on-topic at CV? Here is an example: Where to publish reasonable article in Deep Reinforcement Learning?...
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Should the default tag synonyms be in the full form or abbreviated?

We have multiple synonyms for full-form names and their abbreviations like item-response-theory and irt, or stochastic-gradient-descent and sgd. What should be the basic form: full length or ...
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Question put on hold after I already answered it: can I edit it?

The question Why does VGG16 double number of features after each maxpooling layer? was put on hold after I had already answered it. As such, I think the OP cannot accept my answer (correct?). In ...
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What is the meaning of the [sgd] tag?

The tag sgd has no usage information. I do not know what it is for, anybody knows, and can provide a wiki?
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Should tags [integral] and [integration] be synonyms?

There are two tags, integral and integration, that seem to be used interchangeably, maybe one should be a synonym of the other?
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What to do about [parameter-optimization] tag?

There is a tag parameter-optimization×154, without tag wiki or excerpt. It seems to be used mainly for things like maximum likelihood, which has its own tag, further optimization used in estimation is ...
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Ambiguous [fisher] tag should be disambiguated

We have an ambiguous fisher tag that says right in the tag excerpt that it's ambiguous and should better be avoided. @gung moved most of the questions out of it several years ago, but did not empty it ...
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Made a [basis-function] tag

We have 700+ Q/A referring to basis functions, and a subset radial-basis tag. There appears to be considerable head-scratching as to what a basis function is, so, I ...
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What to do about [order] tag?

There is a tag order, without any tag wiki or excerpt, which sometimes are misused for tag order-statistics, but seems to have other uses, but not many at all. What to do? Can anybody propose a wiki?
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Wiki excerpt of the [algorithms] tag

The wiki excerpt of the algorithms tag reads: An algorithm is a a set of one or more computations that will produce a calculated result. All statistics methods are algorithms. Algorithms can be ...
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What to do about [failure] tag?

We have a tag failure×23 that has no wiki excerpt. I can think of at least two meanings for "failure": A possibly censored event to be modeled in survival analysis and a success/failure in some ...
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Our HNQ tend to be closed: what can we do about that?

I'm seeing a tendency in this SE: the questions we land on the Hot Network Questions (HNQ) list tend to be closed (either as too broad or duplicates). We know from Meta some details about HNQs, see: ...
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What to do about “wrong” questions?

We sometimes get what I would describe as "wrong" questions. For instance, a perennial favorite seems to be questions about binning continuous variables, like What is a best way of binning non-finite ...
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Is this machine learning + matrix manipulation question on topic?

I just put a bounty on Calculating Linear Discriminant Analysis Coefficients before seeing the ML discussions on Meta, so I apologize for not asking about this beforehand. I'll be sure to make a ...

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