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Can we ask questions related to R Programming?

Questions related to programming/coding is mostly related to Stackoverflow. R is a programming language for statistical computing. Can we ask questions related to R-programming??
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Where can I ask questions about “operations research”?

Where should questions about operations research be asked? Is cross validated appropriate or are other sites within SE network better suited? I have had a look at https://www.or-exchange.org/...
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Is Cross Validated an appropriate place to ask for examples of meta-analysis done well?

I'm teaching myself how to do meta-analysis, and as a beginner to the subject I would like to read journal article examples of meta-analysis done well. It's easy enough to find examples of meta-...
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Is it on topic for a question to ask for a canonical example?

I want to ask a question with the title Is there a canonical example demonstrating the difference between predictive and explanatory models? I have ideas about the body of this question, with some ...
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CV and Data Science: semi-identical twins?

I would like to reopen the discussion regarding CV and the Data Science beta. This question is related to this previous one: Data Science SE but now with a better view of where Data Science seems to ...
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Is this question about categorical features on-topic?

The question Suggestions on using model in production 1 test at a time was closed as off-topic. To my mind, the question content is squarely about the generalizability of a specific kind of feature (...
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Why is my question about replicating a figure from Hastie et al. not appropriate?

I asked this question earlier today but was quickly put on hold with a generic comment. I can only assume the question is on hold as it has been interpreted as being a coding question. It is clear ...
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Is there a machine learning StackExchange?

Is there a research-level machine learning site in the StackExchange universe? I don't like Reddit's formatting system.
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Would this dice question be on topic if it were posted or migrated here?

RPG.SE is currently having a bit of a vigorous discussion about this question about dice rolling (meta thereupon), in which this stack was brought up as a potential migrate target. There is a dice ...
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Question about math notation closed as off-topic

The question "What is sigma function in the YOLO object detector?" has been closed as off-topic with the usual explanation: This question appears to be off-topic because EITHER it is not about ...
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Shouldn't CV be a valid resource on how to implement non-trivial statistical models in different software?

Currently the Help Center > Asking states that questions are on-topic if they're about "statistical analysis, applied or theoretical", and whenever it's about programming "if it needs statistical ...
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Are questions concerning deployment best practices on-topic?

I have a model built with time series data that I want to deploy. Sadly, I haven't found a lot of resources for this and I wanted to ask how to best approach this. The answer I am hoping for contains ...
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This opinion-based question must be closed

The question What must someone know in statistics and machine learning? is not suitable for the stats.SE format because it is primarily opinion-based. I believe that much is obvious on its face. OP's ...
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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 we remove the “datasets” close reason from the list?

Our recent proposal for adding one more close reason was declined. The reason was that we could re-use the "datasets" reason Questions about obtaining specific datasets are off-topic on Cross ...
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Are “stats-review” questions on-topic?

I'm dealing with a question on Stack Overflow that's really a "stats review" -- not technically a code review ("is this code OK?"), but "is this statistical approach OK?" This strikes me as ...
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Computing questions: ggplot2

Pursuant to the recent apparent consensus (How much programming here?) that this site should accept some questions on programming statistical computations, I would like to inquire whether the site ...
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Are questions about teaching specific concepts appropriate?

I would like to ask a question about how to teach a specific statistical concept (sampling distributions) to a specific group of students (social science undergraduates), something that has proved ...
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Are “What is State of the Art for Machine Learning in X” on topic?

I often need to discern what the State of the Art (SOTA) is for certain Machine Learning Applications, which I currently ask on the Fast.ai forums. For example: How does Deep Learning deal with ...
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Questions asking for statistical package recommendations: how do we differentiate in vs out of bounds for CV?

Recently, I asked for a recommendation for R packages that were capable of doing latent class analysis with mixed indicator types and were capable of doing latent class regression (i.e. treat the ...
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If OP asks for a software referral, and a referral *doesn't* exist, may we answer with the code they asked for?

If an OP asks for a R library recommendation (policy under debate in another meta thread, I realize), and no acceptable recommendation exists, what is the policy regarding writing and posting code ...
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Is this question mentioning Keras off-topic?

Image classification with large images in R keras OP mentions keras a couple time, but to their credit, they don't include code. I'd like to answer the question, but I wonder if I should comment ...
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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 questions about non-statistical artificial intelligence?

What is our stance on questions about non-statistical AI? Are they on-topic or off-topic? I ask the question to know whether https://ai.stackexchange.com/ has a partial or perfect overlap with CV. ...
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After Data Science SE: Artificial Intelligence SE

The Artificial Intelligence SE is now in private beta phase, and it looks like most questions asked there are on-topic here. There is already another SE with a large overlap, namely Data Science SE. ...
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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 web-...
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What's wrong with this question about datasets?

This question seeking example datasets was recently closed as off-topic. Per the FAQ, Questions about obtaining particular datasets are off-topic (they are too specialized). As I interpret ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Should a “Neural Network” Stackexchange site be created?

Currently, many questions related to artificial neural networks and deep learning are hosted in the CrossValidated site. However, it seems to me that both the quality and quantity of answers to these ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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Is this question off-topic?

I have asked about the disadvantage of hyperplanes for the linear congruent random number generator, and the post has received 4 votes as off-topic, one away from being closed. So I wonder if the ...
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Migrating software syntax to StackOverflow or DataScience?

This is a provocative question: should we send "How do I do this in R/SAS/Python/Stata/SPSS" questions to the DataScience, now that it's open? Data cleaning is never a programming question, as it ...