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Who is this person with a Ψ character and what is the CHAOS team?

Just like to drop a note on who I am and what my team does. I'm Seth, and a member of the CHAOS team at SE headquarters in New York. We're lurking in the SE sites learning about the communities and ...
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What do we do with articles proposed but not retained for CV Journal Club?

As the title suggests, what are we supposed to do with articles that were proposed for JC but didn't get enough vote to be retained? Shall we list them in a separate thread (like was done for, e.g. ...
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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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Multiple answers to same question (follow-up)

As a follow-up to this post and its related comments & answers, I wonder what's the correct action to take when we encounter the issue. For instance, I came across a post that contains two answers ...
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Why are questions about "portfolio optimization" considered offtopic?

I noticed a trend where questions about portfolio weight estimation and optimization tend to either be suggested for transferring over to quant SE, or even closed as off-topic. Here are a few examples:...
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2020 Community Moderator Election

The 2020 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks, ...
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Would CV benefit from Documentation?

StackOverflow launched its beta-Documentation page about a year or two ago. The response there seems to be very positive. I am wondering if this site would benefit from something similar and what the ...
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How to improve from too broad question to answerable question

I have asked in a general/broad way here thinking that as related to What skills are required to perform large scale statistical analyses? would be well received and useful for me. Then the comments ...
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How can I draw attention and get feedback to my answer for improvement

Sometimes I thought I had a good answer like this one. But the answer got no up vote or comment and seems no one care. How can I get attention to more users , with more feedback? Even down vote with ...
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What are useful differences (if any) between [algorithms], [numerics], and [computational-statistics] tags?

I have just found myself adding these three tags (numerics, algorithms, and computational-statistics) to the following question (noticing an offered bounty): What algorithm is used in linear ...
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Is discussion of statistics jobs & qualifications off-topic?

I'm mainly thinking about this question ("Is my learnings in Machine Learning fine?") which was put on hold for being off-topic. What I'm wondering is: would this question still be off-topic if the ...
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Relationship between question quality, answer count, and ordered answer scores

Background: On CrossValidated some questions never get answered. Some questions get amazing answers. Some questions get 20 unique answers, and some only get one. Is it the fault of the question? ...
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What is the effect of reputation on upvotes?

Has there been any research done on this? I have recently noticed that if CV notices suspicious upvotes, they will negate these upvotes. But, if a user gets say almost 1600 reputation points in ...
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Reputation for the answer when the questions get merged

This question was cross-posted on math.SE. It got separate answers there and here (by me), both of them were accepted. After the merge, the one from the math.SE is shown to be accepted, but I still ...
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The 7 Essential Meta Questions

As we are coming half way the private beta we should start discussing and preparing some things for the general public to come in. This question is mainly meant to show how far we are with "The 7 ...
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what is an answer versus a comment to a self-study question

We don't just post answers to self-study questions where we give the proof of whatever the OP is asking. I think this is a good policy. However, that seems to mean that any post in response to a self-...
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The tag [calibration]

From its excerpt: Calibration can refer to predicting an explanatory variable from an observation of the dependent variable; to adjustment of measurements to agree with value of some standard; to ...
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Partial moment tag

With this post Partial quantile moments? there was introduced a new tag [partial-moments] (so far without tag wiki). I think this (or some similar tag) could be useful, but my question is: What ...
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What is the best online place (forum, board etc.) to *discuss* a statistical question?

The official rule on CrossValidated is: How to Ask Is your question about statistics? We prefer questions that can be answered, not just discussed. Provide details. Share your research. What is the ...
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Dead end Questions

I use several Stack Exchange sites, with Stack Overflow being the most usual for me. I strongly agree with the points threshold (needed for every action in the Stack Exchange sites). I've never had ...
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My on hold question needs improvement

Asking about my On-hold question, What online tools to DIY-anonymize user names (no PII concern) I freely admit my question is naive in comparison to the included linked post. However, when I wrote ...
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How do I go about asking this question here on Stats.SE?

Total newb to stats: I'm an embedded programmer with a BSEE, so I like to think I've got lots of knowledge with the least possible amount of applicability to real life. I built a test bench to ...
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Question recommendation algorithm in StackExchange

I am trying to understand how StackExchange recommends questions to the users. Untill now, my observation is tags of recommended questions are associated with tags user is related to (tags of ...
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The homework tag and homework policy (is it indeed "a routine question"?)

Right now the homework tag says "a routine question....". To me, this implies a simple question, probably from an elementary text. Many homework tagged questions are, indeed, just like this. But some ...
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Should I ask a new question (lme4 vs MCMCglmm)?

In my question, I had an answer that wasn't understandable (for me) but in the comments to that answer and also the comments to the original question, I got some very useful info, although it made me ...
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Reclaiming my orphan question

I asked this question about a year ago, but it seems to somehow not have been associated with my account. Could someone please help me reclaim it as mine? That is, could you please merge no-longer-...
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Help us call for proposals for the SE Fellowship on your blog, site or listserv

The SE Research Support and Fellowship Program launched recently with our very own experienced and highly respected users reviewing fellowship applications. To make the program a success, we need ...
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Second CV Journal Club question about the raw data that was selected

Does anyone know where the "list of trees" is published for the tree ring data used in the analysis for the upcoming paper. I have played around with some of the controversial stuff (for instance, ...
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Is it possible to tag user profile

There already exist tags for question. Is it possible to create tags for users profile? (with say less than 5 tag) ? this could help us to be able to characterize the community and create appropriate ...
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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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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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Showing a function source code and asking what it does

I am a statistics newbie and I have recently ported a function or subroutine in fortran into python. But I have no idea what it does. Is it on topic to ask such questions here ? I am looking to find ...
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default search for "unanswered questions"

I like to answer questions in my areas of interest. Just this week I learned that the "unanswered" really means "no answer selected" not "no answers at all". I now go ...
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Improve Wiki for the `hypothesis-testing` tag

The hypothesis-testing tag is quite popular yet has a very brief Wiki. Extending it could be helpful. Unfortunately, I do not think I am knowledgeable enough to do a good job at it myself. Let this ...
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Seeking guidance for ny questions that didn't receive a response

I wonder if there is a way that members could review a question to make it more answerable? I know that this is done to some extent already, but for my question (How to construct panel regression with ...
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Reopen mean of interval censored data question

This question was closed as being too vague. I disagree (and voted to open). I wanted to quickly explain why I think this is a well posed question, or at the least it suggests an important ...
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Is there a way to contact a specific moderator directly?

DISCLAIMER: This isn’t about any moderator decision directly regarding me (I don’t think I was ever subject to a direct moderator decision, or if I was, I forgot :-) As for the title, I’d like to ...
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Looking for the question with nice notation on linear mixed models

I recall seeing an answer to some question about linear mixed models where the answer showed an elegant notation for the model. Something like: $$p(y|x,\gamma)=\mathcal{N}(\beta x+\gamma z,\sigma^2I),...
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Why do we have so many overlapping sites?

StackOverflow has multiple overlapping sites, i.e. Cross Validated Mathematics (has 19k statistics questions) MathOverflow (described as being a "Q&A for professional mathematicians", similar to ...
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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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Provided a misleading example. What now?

I asked this this question about how to analyze the results of my experiments. In order to illustrate my problem I made the mistake to give another example that apparently made several people think my ...
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Is there an area to ask a question about how a company uses data science?

My question is: What data science tools does Khan Academy use to track student performance? More specifically: I'm curious as to how they track their performance in relation to a student that is not ...
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Community promotion ad with books and references

We maintain list of web pages, tutorials and help forums about statistical software that has its own community promotion ad, in my opinion it is nice idea to explicitly provide such links. But maybe ...
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Should "text-mining" tag become "text-analysis" instead?

Currently tag "text-mining" has a definition that somehow mixes up data mining on text and text classification. Also, there is no other general tag like "text-analysis" that covers the broader field. ...
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Data assimilation proposal

Just a shout out regarding a Data Assimilation site proposed on Area51. Some data assimilation questions would be on topic here, but for the most part it is a related but different discipline. Neither ...
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StatsExchange - low friction, API-based statistics generator

I'm not 100% sure this is going to be on topic, so I apologize in advance if I'm doing the wrong thing. However, I think this app may be of interest to people who are interested in statistics and ...
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Followup: Generalist Badge. Why not gold?

@JeffAtwood said "But it is a very hard badge to get; much larger sites only have ~20 users with the badge." So why isn't this a gold badge? Edit: Nevermind. In a case of "I should've checked SO-...
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2011 Community Moderator Election is underway

The 2011 Community Moderator Election is now underway! Community moderator elections have three phases: Nomination phase Primary phase Election phase Most elections take between two and three weeks,...
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The "mixture" vs. the "compound-distributions" tags

TL;DR: I have added a tag wiki and an excerpt to compound-distributions. The excerpt notes that these are also known as "mixtures", but that that term also has other uses. I have included a warning ...
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On posting questions concerning proofs of results in machine learning, theoretical statistics, and statistical learning theory papers

Context. From my experiences with this site, I've noticed standard proofs in statistics and probability theory, generally on foundational, textbook topics, tend to get answered and dealt with ...
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