Questions tagged [on-topic]

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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 ...
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Appropriate forum for moneyball-related questions

Moneyball was a movie, a book, and a statistical revolution in sabermetrics. If I wanted to ask a question like the following, which forum is best for it? Would it be on topic on CV? Background: ...
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Where to learn about R packages?

Questions about R packages are off-topic on SO, and since programming questions are off-topic on CV, a fortiori packages questions, which are about programming (in R) are off-topic on CV. That's why I ...
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Do you think the question “Advanced MCMC samplers in R for calibration of a computer model” belong on SO, CV or nowhere on SE? [duplicate]

I try to never ask R-related questions on Cross Validated. However, I asked the question Advanced MCMC samplers in R for calibration of a computer model on SO and apparently it wasn't well-received (...
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Are very elementary questions off topic on CrossValidated?

In a thread on the main site someone said very elementary questions are off topic It looks like someone upvoted his comment so maybe he's right. Around that same time @gung told me to be cautious ...
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Answering off-topic questions. Appropriate?

Sometimes I see off topic questions which have a very simple answer. Here's an example: https://stats.stackexchange.com/questions/254623/confidence-interval-for-anova-in-spss. It's clearly off topic, ...
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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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Soliciting feedback vs asking a question

Is it ever appropriate to share one's thoughts on a topic as a way to garner constructive feedback and opinions from the community instead of asking a direct question, or is there another place for ...
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Are methodological questions concerning Crowdsourcing within the scope of CV?

Recently, I posted two questions about Crowdsourcing on CV. The first one asking for a general reference got upvoted, while the second specifically asking for a more specific reference concerning ...
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Are puzzles on-topic on CV?

On StackExchange.com we have puzzles-dedicated site https://puzzling.stackexchange.com/ and https://codegolf.stackexchange.com/ for coding puzzles, math puzzles appear on math.stackexchange.com and ...
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My question about visualization got on hold

I think that one question I asked recently (Showing a correlation and its p-value as a color) got incorrectly in hold. The reason is because: This question appears to be off-topic because EITHER it ...
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Question on plotting in Python closed very quickly

I have just noticed this question: https://stats.stackexchange.com/questions/243679/how-can-i-make-seaborn-plot-the-null-values The question have 9 views, and it is already voted to be closed by 5 ...
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Closed, later reopened, question on mgcv: how to review “niche” questions with substantial code content

The question R/mgcv: Why do te() and ti() tensor products produce different surfaces? has had a very interesting history. It was asked by a new user who may not be quite so aware of where we draw the (...
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Are questions concerning Apache Spark Mllib approach to cross validation acceptable on CV?

I have been reading on cross validation and wanted to experiment with Apache Spark's Mllib. I tried to read the provided material (link) but it is still very unintuitive and unclear to me how it works ...
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Question migrated from StackOverflow put on hold after 1 second with no comments?

As explained here, I asked a question on Stack Overflow. A user with high reputation suggested me to move the question to Cross-Validated, and since in meantime the question had received 3 votes to ...
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Are questions such as “What are important topics in machine learning right now?” acceptable on this forum?

I've posted two questions on the main website asking about important topics in machine learning. (Important topics in machine learning right now & Subjects in machine learning) They have both been ...
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Is game theory on-topic here?

I posted a question about game theory concepts on the AI site, but it got closed as off-topic. The question is within the context of reinforcement learning though, is it on-topic here?
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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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How do I know if my question belongs on Cross Validated or the Computational Science SE site?

Recently I saw that there is a new Computational Science SE site and it seems to overlap considerably with scientific and statistical computing. Those questions seem to be welcomed on both sites. How ...
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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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Is “Why is inside-r.org pointing at mran.microsoft.com?” on topic on Cross Validated?

Are general R related questions such as the one in the title of this question on topic on crossvalidated? I presume they're not. I was looking for a specific tutorial at inside-r.org but now the ...
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Shouldn't we be able to migrate Excel questions to SuperUser.com?

Currently we have no way of migrating Excel questions anywhere. They would be off-topic in most of the cases for http://stackoverflow.com, so we shouldn't migrate them there. However, it seems that ...
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Algorithms apparently off-topic: should we edit the help page?

Our help page What topics can I ask about here? says:– If your question is about Programming, ask on Stack Overflow. If the language is statistically oriented (such as R, SAS, Stata, ...
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Are “how to report in APA style” questions on- or off-topic?

Today a question about reporting results in APA style appeared: https://stats.stackexchange.com/questions/215448/how-to-report-non-normal-distrubution-and-wilcoxon-in-apa-style are such questions on-...
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Policy on questions that read like, “How should I do my job?”

I was wondering what the policy is on questions which look like a commercial organisation is asking how to solve a business problem. It's totally understandable that everyone needs a hand from time ...
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Migrating programming questions to StackOverflow

Yesterday, I asked this question: https://stats.stackexchange.com/questions/199283/train-test-split-in-rs-caret-package which was promptly downvoted and closed due to being off topic. I understand ...
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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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Migration that went wrong

Recently we migrated question about repeating simulation function in R to SO. Initially I voted to migrate it to SO, however then it got quite nice answer by Xi'an that focused on its statistical ...
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Should we consider grandfathering old R (and other programming-heavy) posts?

I have noticed quite a lot of too-old-to-migrate software-heavy questions (mostly R, but not entirely) coming through the close review queue. They are often clearly off-topic by current standards ...