Questions tagged [on-topic]

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Would this question asking for an equation or formula be on topic here?

I posted this question on another stack. The question is on-topic there, however it is not getting a lot of traction. More to the point, I am asking for an equation or formula, and they are giving ...
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Are questions related to Big Data on topic here?

Questions which are problems faced when applying stats techniques to large(or big) data. A similar question for reference I know that theoretical questions about Big Data are on-topic here, as they ...
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A difficulty with self-study-like questions of the form “Is this correct?”

I've seen a spate of questions of a form more or less along the lines of "Is this working correct?" just lately. While this is good from the point of view that the poster is clearly making a proper ...
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What happens to reputation score if checked answer to on-hold question?

I recently answered a question on CV and the asker checked my answer. Subsequently, the question was put on hold as off-topic. I invested time and effort into answering this question, and I believe ...
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Are people in this community interested in having a new site for other Geospatial technologies?

Regarding this discussion that took place about 1 year ago and considering all the comments, I want to have a similar discussion here since CV is a community somehow related to remote sensing because ...
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Why is the question about arXiv not off-topic?

I'm curious about why this question about the popularity of arXiv among statisticians is not off-topic. In full disclosure, I flagged it as off-topic and the flag was declined. To me, this decision, ...
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Would question seeking advice on software design involving probabilistic programming be on-topic?

I just wanted to try and see if I can cook up some simple Python routines to allow translation of commonly used models into code that we can then use some inference engine on. So, basically I am ...
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Create [analysis] tag? + Update 2017: Delete [analysis] tag?

A recurrent issue in our forum is applied analysis questions. Not only are there ample examples in the CV network, but it comes up in Meta repeatedly. I think questions of the nature are appropriate ...
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Should the Open Data SE be linked to from the “On topic” help center page?

The Help Center has a page for What topics can I ask about here?. Part of it states: Questions about obtaining particular datasets are off-topic (they are too specialized). The GIS site welcomes ...
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New proposal at Area51: R statistical computing

I think we could use a site dedicated to programming in R (similar to the Mathematica SE). I went ahead and made a proposal in Area 51 (link).
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Why is data collection listed as on topic, but a data collection question was closed as off topic?

After reading the third point (collecting data) on this list, I asked this question (What is the best way of collecting birth rate data?). My question is: why is "collecting data" listed as on topic, ...
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Are questions on statistical language valid and do we need statistical-language tag?

I am referring here to recent question: versus (vs.): how to properly use this word in data analysis that asked about proper usage of "versus" word in describing relations between variables in data ...
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Is it okay to ask question about a specific paper / model?

I am reading a paper on multiple change-point model and do not understand one of the equation. Is it considered on-topic to ask questions about a paper like that? On the one hand, it's clearly ...
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Question about recommended readings

I am trying to do a community talk about hypothesis testing and want to focus on significance testing and p-values in particular. They have been a bit in the news as well recently (with some journal ...
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Shall we add “this is just a software question” to our default close reasons?

Our community-modifiable default off-topic close reasons are Self-study questions (including textbook exercises, old exam papers, and homework) that seek to understand the concepts are welcome, but ...
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Redirecting “looking for package in R” to SO

I noticed that multiple questions that ask about R packages are voted to migrate to SO (I also do this). This is consistent with the fact that CV is not about programming. On the other hand, "I am ...
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Pattern recognition for youtube

Would such question could find place here? I am looking for software that would allow to match supplied image in video frame. I plan to use it to data-mine Hearthstone videos to get data on ...
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Can I ask questions about an R package for machine learning with unclear documentation?

Machine Learning (in general) is on topic (see: Are the "Machine Learning" questions on topic?). I am working with the h2o package and the documentation ...
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Is it ok to post questions where you want to have your calculations checked by someone? [duplicate]

I am always second-guessing my calculations and to be honest multivariate calculus is not my strong point. Is it all right to post questions where you have done the derivations but would like more ...
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Are mathematical optimisation questions on topic?

I asked about integer programming before on CV and it was locked as off topic. I'm unable to find a site dedicated to math programming and optimisation on stack exchange. Any one has idea?
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Which site is the best to ask about reinforcement learning?

Reinforcement learning is part of ML and I know ML is a good topic here. However, I know there is a data science and a computer science site (and maths etc). I was wondering, where would a ...
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Questions asking to check answers to end-of-chapter exercises. Appropriate or not?

I like to answer end-of-chapter exercises in various econometrics textbooks. Most of the time, there's no solution manual for me to check my answers. I wonder if it is appropriate for me to post such ...
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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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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 to get an independent review of my article?

I am writing my first paper on Machine Learning. I worked on a problem, took the results, and wrote the paper. I discussed the results with my teachers and seniors; they said it looked fine. Now I ...
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Reopening and migrating a valid coding question from Crossvalidated to Stackoverflow

I have come across a vibrant question - how does one visualize results of post hoc Nemenyi tests - on Crossvalidated. This question is often raised in my institute and by students or peers at ...
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For “obtaining specific datasets” questions, let's recommend OpenData.stackexchange.com

Many of the questions closed with the reason "obtaining specific datasets" would actually be good questions for Cross Validated's new little brother: http://OpenData.stackexchange.com When closing ...
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Question wrongly marked as duplicate?

This question was marked as a duplicate of this question. However, they are not asking the same question, and I think that unless the answers at the supposed duplicate are altered to respond to this ...
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OK to close homework-help scans as “unclear what you're asking”?

It doesn't immediately grab me why such low quality homework help problems should be closed https://stats.stackexchange.com/questions/116089/i-need-help-with-this-estimation However, we probably ...
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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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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 ...
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Not-a-particular dataset request – still not kosher?

I think I know the answer to this, but as a naive newbie I posted a plea for "some interesting datasets" for a particular purpose. I see the rule about asking for "a particular dataset", and I suppose ...
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Include 'asking for datasets' reason in the off-topic dialog

Since we have this rule very clear in our help center that questions asking for datasets are off-topic, could we include this reason in the off-topic dialog? The initial suggestion would be to ...
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Data Science SE

I noticed the ad on the main site today for the data science proposal, which evidently is 77% committed. Some of the people committed to the proposal are users on CV. Most of the questions listed ...
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Would a question about R for a specific application be on-topic?

I wanted to know whether R would be suited to real time monitoring of a system. In my application, I need to read data from a serial connection and plot it in real time. Also, whether there is a ...
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Is grammar induction on-topic here?

Are questions about grammar induction on-topic here? I believe GI belongs to the subject of machine learning, but not necessarily statistics.
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Should I opt for a comprehensive answer at the price of making it a long one?

I am rather new to the .SE sites (started with math.SE and then expanded to CV) but during these last three months I had some time on my hands and I have answered a fair number of questions (93 in ...
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What does Cross Validated aim to be, who is it for?

There has been a lot of discussion about software-related questions on CV (see here or here for examples...). And yet there is still no clear idea and guidance on what CV is, what it strives to be and ...
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Questions about sports betting

There exists Area51 proposal called Sports Betting. (Admittedly, it is not very active so far and it might get deleted for inactivity. One of the reasons for writing here is making the users of this ...
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Flagging very old questions

I have today been flagging some very old questions that are very low quality. The reason I'm doing this is because they still show up in the "unanswered" section of the site, but they are very ...
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Should all “book recommendation” questions be classified as community wiki?

Recently I came across with a question that was asking for book recommendation in an expertise area related to statistic. Then, I was checking for duplicates and I realized among all book ...
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What is on topic on Cross Validated?

There have been many threads on CV-meta about whether questions are on-topic, off-topic, are too-localized, etc. For example: Are "find the distribution" questions on topic? Is a ...
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Are “find the distribution” questions on topic?

Disclaimer: I am not a regular participant in Cross Validated, but a moderator on Maths. We received a flag stating that this question should be migrated here. It is of the form: "given a data set, ...
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Are questions about terminology off topic?

I just discovered this site, and I had a question that has been bugging me for a while. My question isn't so much about a concept as it is about terminology, so I thought I'd check whether this kind ...
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Would this question (closed on Skeptics) on firearms risks be on-topic on CrossValidated?

This interesting question was closed at Skeptics: Is owning a handgun for personal protection justifiable under risk analysis? The question involves quite a bit of statistics. Is such applied ...
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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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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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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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Is a question about formatting a figure on topic here?

I just asked the question How to label a constant y-axis in a grid of plots? Technically, it is about 'visualizing data', and I expect that cv.SE users would have good answers, but I am not sure if ...
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Data Sourcing: We need to make up our mind

Referencing this proposal on Area 51: http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/37195 and this post here: https://stats.stackexchange.com/questions/20788/what-is-the-income-distribution-in-the-u-s-in-...