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Questions tagged [on-topic]

Use this tag when examining what is on-topic or off-topic, and why, and how to deal with off-topic questions.

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Do we need a canonical thread about stock trading? What would it address?

I've noticed that stock trading is a prominent theme among reinforcement-learning and neural-networks and deep-learning questions. I think this is because (1) stock trading is an easy problem to ...
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Overlap with ai.stackexchange and datascience.stackexchange

I found that quite a few tags are present at each of these sites in the SE universe: Artificial Intelligence (AI) Data Science (DS) Cross Validated (CV) For example: reinforcement-learning (AI, DS, ...
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What is our stance on website recommendation questions?

What is our stance on website recommendation questions? Are they on-topic or off-topic? Assume that the website recommendation pertains to statistics / machine learning. Example: Is there any ...
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Improve closure-to-migrate voting

We often get questions that focus on how to do something using R (or Python, rarely SAS, MS Excel or others), with little to no statistical content. Such questions are off-topic and should be closed. ...
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(How) can I make an on-topic question from this?

I posted this question on Software Recommendations. As it is getting no response, I think that I might try to make a meaningful chart for my friend, in Excel . Actually, I would prefer someone else ...
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Should I ask this mathematical statistics question here or on math.se?

I would like to ask the following question: if $M$ is a $m\times n$ constant matrix and $\eta\sim\mathcal{N}(0,I)$, then does $$\mathbf{E}_{\eta\sim\mathcal{N}}\left[\frac{\lVert M\eta\rVert}{\...
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What to do with a question which asks about R packages and how to fit RBF networks

This question How to fit a RBF network in R? asks an off-topic question (which R package to use to fit RBF networks) and a question which, while on-topic, is very likely a duplicate. Should I close ...
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Is optimization off-topic?

I came across this thread today. Why not use the third derivative? It has a very good discussion both in the comments and in the answers, yet it was closed as off-topic because it is about ...
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“Help I have some data and need to analyse it what do I dooo?”

I have been on this stackexchange long enough now to see there is quite a lot of questions along the lines of: Help, I'm a data science intern/amateur statistician and I've been given a load of ...
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Favorite “data analysis” cartoon question should be closed

This question What is your favorite "data analysis" cartoon? Should really be closed, as it's sending a negative signal about what is allowed on the site, per the comment: According to ...
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Should I ask questions about interpreting printouts from a statistical package here or on SO?

There's a function from a statistical package whose printout I'm slightly confused about. Should I ask about it on SO or here? On the one hand, it doesn't have anything to do with coding/programming, ...
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Dealing with “do my professional work for me” questions?

There has been some discussion on CV Meta of how to deal with homework questions and also job-related questions. Either can be unreasonable in certain cases, but the latter really annoy me, since they ...
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Is CV the right site for this question?

I just asked the following question: What are attention mechanism exactly? It seems that attention-related questions haven't received answers on this site. Is this the right site for these questions?...
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How to improve the following question

A new user asked this question: Neural Network for Foreign Exchange Prediction In my opinion it's quite good as a first question, but it's hard to answer. I'd like the help the OP improve it. ...
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Should the mailing list on structural equation modeling (SEMNET) consider moving to CV?

I am subscribed to SEMNET, a list on structural equation and latent variable modeling, and it is undergoing some sort of an existential crisis. The talk there is about moving to a forum/website -- it ...
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Should questions about comparing the output from different statistical software be on topic here?

For instance, this question asks about why R and SAS give different results in a multi-level model. I think this sort of question is more likely to get an answer here than elsewhere. R list users may ...
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Does this question violate any of the community rules?

I'm new to Cross Validated SE. I've asked this question and got 2 down votes. So, I'm asking if it was an off-topic question or if there is a better way to ask it.
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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 ...
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What to do when a question can be answered in a good, on-topic way, but the OP clearly seems to be interested in a off-topic answer?

Thread Are questions about solving practical data science problems (memory etc.) on topic? here on Meta is discussing the interesting problem of questions which lie at the boundary between on-topic ...
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Are questions about solving practical data science problems (memory etc.) on topic?

Are questions like How to resolve Error: cannot allocate vector of size 1.1 GB for glmnet in R on topic? On one hand, it asks about software, on another, this is about solving a practical data science ...
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Is it on topic to ask a question looking for authoritative/canonical references to read on a topic?

I am trying to learn about non-response/dropout bias—and how to correct for it. I do not know this area well. Is it on-topic to ask for authoritative/canonical/highly-cited/classic references on this ...
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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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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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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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“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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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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As machine learning gets more programming-oriented, should we get more programming oriented?

If you look at the online courses, books, blogs on machine learning, many of them seem to focus on "programming the algorithms", often in those resources you see more Python code then mathematical ...
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Are machine learning questions about an incorrectly working piece of code considered on-topic?

I've seen a few questions like this lately: Backpropagation in multi-layer perceptron (MLP) doesn't converge They don't seem programming questions to me: the code is syntactically correct, ...
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Any way to make this question on processing tracking data on-topic?

I used the chat to ask a question which is IMO clearly off-topic here, but looking at the chat history I realized that there is very little traffic, so I'm going to ask suggestions to make it on-topic ...
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Is Complex Networks and analysis a new site, or predominantly on topic here?

We have a proposal for new a site covering complex network and analysis. I need your help. Please have a look through the example questions linked below. Do you see a preponderance of questions that ...
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What to do if a question is both unclear and about software?

Recently, I've seen several questions marked as "unclear what you are asking" when the question is both confusing and about software. If we mark it "unclear what you're asking" then the OP may try to ...
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Is it on-topic to ask which statistical models are applied in E-Commerce?

I would like to gather experience which statistical models are used in specific businesses/ sectors. For example I would like to know which statistical models are applied in E-Commerce or in Marketing....
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Does advanced probability theory belong on stats or math stackexchange?

Obviously probability is discussed often on CrossValidated, as it's a solid foundation of both frequentest and Bayesian statistics. However, when someone wants to ask a question concerned with more ...
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How can the same post be closed as 'opinion-based' and marked as community wiki? [duplicate]

I have to admit that I don't know much about the Community Wiki concept. I thought it would denote questions that were either particularly interesting, or which by their own nature would attract a lot ...
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When dealing with old off-topic questions, should we close or lock them, and why?

Some topics that are now considered off-topic used to be tolerated in the early days of this site. Consequently, there exist old threads with lots of votes/views/answers that are off-topic under ...
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Would questions about finding a statistic be on-topic?

I've been trying to find statistics about how many people the average person interacts with in a single day. I'm doing this as part of my research on the spread of infectious diseases. Specifically, ...
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Are questions on how to simulate data on-topic?

I'm coming from this question, where the OP asks about how to simulate data following a certain pattern, for teaching. We have a closure reason: Questions about obtaining specific datasets are off-...
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What is our stance on questions “looking for exercises to learn statistical concept X with library Y”?

What is our stance on questions “looking for exercises to learn statistical concept X with library Y”? Are they on-topic or off-topic? Example: Exercises to learn neural network with Tensorflow: I ...
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Should we close old, outdated and off-topic questions?

Please consider the following question: Good GUI for R suitable for a beginner wanting to learn programming in R?. I just voted to close it as off-topic. Besides being off-topic it is also outdated ...
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“CV is a statistical blog” - is it true and if so, what does it mean? What is on-topic here?

When a senior CV participant comments, “CV is a statistical blog,” what does this mean for the community? How is this to be interpreted? A literal interpretation might suggest that only those ...
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Are questions about data definitions and research demographics in scope?

My interest in statistics is less on the math side but more on the use and misuse of objectively-valid statistics for political and economic purposes. Are non-math questions that involve issues of how ...
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Should I answer a question that seems off-topic here?

I have what I feel is a very good answer for question Summary of manyglm model objects running too slowly in R; can I speed them up?. However, this does look like a question for Stack Overflow, more ...
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Can I ask for a recommended analysis technique?

I don't know much about statistics, and I don't know enough to know e.g. terms to search for in a web search. However, I have a specific data set, and a list of goals I'd like to achieve in an ...
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Is «Does anyone have access to this paper?» a valid question?

Are the questions of the type «Does anyone have access to this paper?» valid at CV?
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What are the criteria applied to conclude this migrated Q was off topic? How do we draw the line?

This post was migrated to mathematics: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/2166949/deriving-a-1-alpha100-confidence-interval-for-theta-pivotal-quantity (Its revision history on CV can be seen ...
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Right forum for stats grad school questions?

I know it isn't stats, but it is academia. Which forum is most appropriate for stats-centric grad-school related questions? There is a masters program that I am very interested in attending (...
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Closing a terminology question as primarily opinion-based vs. writing an answer explaining why it is primarily opinion-based?

If a terminology question asks about a subjective term, is it preferable to close it as primarily opinion-based or to write an answer explaining why it is primarily opinion-based? Example: What is ...
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My question (on R/C/C++ libraries for a specific task) wrongfully put as off-topic

My question Libraries for Siamese networks put on hold as off-topic because, as gung claims, "questions asking for software, libraries, or code are off topic here". There is no sentence "questions ...
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What is our stance on questions “Where can I find an implementation of statistical algorithm X from scratch so that I can learn it”?

What is our stance on questions “Where can I find an implementation of statistical algorithm X from scratch so that I can learn it”? Are they on-topic or off-topic? Examples: Can anyone give me a ...