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For questions regarding the nature of a "question" on Cross Validated; e.g. how to ask, whether specific questions are appropriate, etc.

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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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I get surges of upvotes, and they are lumpy in time. Is this because the site is surfacing my questions all at once, or do I have a stalker/superfan?

Question is in the title. This morning I wake up to 40 more points, on various questions that I had asked since I started using this site years ago. Yesterday I had something similar. Is the site's ...
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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 there a generic question to which we can redirect questions of the type “why does my neural network not generalize well?”

Thanks to Sycorax, we have an excellent question which can be used to close as duplicate (most of) those questions about neural networks which can't overfit the training set: What should I do when my ...
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How to edit my question on RBF kernel in Python so that it gets reopened?

Can someone advise on how to rephrase this question to be acceptable? How to tune `gamma` parameter of precomputed RBF kernel in Python using `gridsearchCV` and `pipeline`?
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Finding question with an interesting comment about ReLU activation functions?

A few months ago, I read an interesting comment by user shimao to a question, which linked to a YouTube video where some lecturer (a mathematician, I think) showed how ReLU activations don't solve the ...
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What's the best way to answer “my neural network doesn't work, please fix” questions?

I've observed that we tend to get a number of questions in the vein of "I'm training a neural network and the model is not effective (for some definition of effective). Please help me fix it." (I can ...
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Finding a question similar to this one

I recall seeing a question on VAEs last week, similar to this one but more verbose: Variational Autoencoder VS Normal Autoencoder I remember the term "understand the basic math behind [them/VAE]" so ...
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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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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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What to do if we see cross-posting

This question fitting a distribution to survival curve in R has been posted as an exact duplicate on Stack Overflow https://stackoverflow.com/questions/48137772/fitting-a-distribution-to-survival-...
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How do questions actually convert to community wikis?

I stumbled upon this question which, aside from being in need of some cleaning up, is not "answerable" as much as it's an open community wiki. Common statistical tests as linear models How do users ...
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Should we expect some effort to study statistical issues before posting questions?

I'm seeing a steady worsening of statistical preparation on the part of those posing questions to the site. If I wanted to start an engineering project, I think I would talk to an engineer before ...
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Should my two part question be asked separately?

I've asked a question about error analysis and included a follow up question which is strongly related to the first one. I'm unsure whether it would be best to post them as separate questions. I'm ...
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Creation of “Topics” Instead of Questions, for Linking with Course Notes

For background details see http ://www.fharrell.com/2017/08/integrating-audio-video-and-discussion.html I am interested in using stats.stackexchange as a place to ...
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What happens to reputation if an upvoted answer is moved to another SE site?

As per object: if a question which received some upvotes is moved to another SE site, what happens to the OP reputation? Does her/his reputation on CV decreases, and the reputation on the other site ...
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'Cultural differences' between statsSE and mathSE

Notwithstanding that both statsSE and mathSE are both stackexchange sites, and share a similar subject matter, often attended by the same or similar groups of people, I have noticed what I would ...
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What to do about very different questions with very similar answers?

I have noticed several times that some questions are flagged by some as "duplicate" questions when the questions appear very different but have similar answers. The questions are asking about very ...
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Celebrate 100,000 questions in Sydney, Australia?

How should we celebrate reaching 100,000 questions? I'm not sure this'd even work... But let's see. I nominate 22nd April Saturday, 3pm gather for coffee breaks in Sydney CBD. Let's me briefly ...
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How should we celebrate reaching 100,000 questions?

We currently have over 99,000 questions asked. I think we should celebrate when we reach the 100,000 mark.
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How to offer a bounty on a question with unsatisfactory answers?

I am very interested in a straightforward definition of the concept "positive regression dependency on each one of a subset" (with straightforward example a plus) as described by Benjamini and ...
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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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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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Why do people downvote old questions and answers?

This applies to many of us who have been members of this site for many years. Some of my old questions and answers get reviewed periodically. This is fine. Members have a right to upvote or ...
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Should new users be allowed to provide questions similar to others?

Recently on CrossValidated I have found that new members may not have studied all the rules prior to asking their first question. I find that moderators and other users will quickly vote to close ...
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Possible timestamp error of posted question?

See this question, which according to OP was posted in october 2016: Systematic Component of Variation, and its comment thread: I put the question in October 2016. There is something wrong in the ...
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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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Can I cross-post a question which answer I'm not satisfied with?

For Gaussian distribution matrix $X$, find $E(F(X))$ and $\sigma(X)$ s.t. $F=\sum f(x_i)P_i,$ given $E(f_i(x_i)),\sigma(f_i(x_i)) \forall i$ While jbowman answers my question, I am unsatisfied. I ...
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What is the relationship between some measure of reputation on our site and statistical prowess?

There is first a question within this question, and, that is "Where should I be posing the question?" There are certainly people on this site with marvelous minds. The second question, the primary ...
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Is there a place where I can ask “how do I …” for formatting questions

I am often asking myself "how do I do ..." with formatting, but what I am trying to do is (afaict) not in the formatting help. Where do I go with questions that are formatting related and not stats ...
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How many questions are too many?

I'm in the process of learning about neural networks. I'm the kind of person who wants to pull them apart and glue them back together to really get a solid idea of how all the pieces work. I'm doing ...
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What is a well received question?

The criterion for 'curious' badge is to post 5 'well received' questions. Although the answer to this is probably quite simple, still, I do know what well-received means in practice.
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Best way to migrate a question?

I asked this question a couple of weeks ago: Defining the normal distribution It hasn't received much attention and I've just become aware that there's a 'Math Educators' Beta SE where it would ...
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Separate questions for tag proposal/change/removal or using single threads? [duplicate]

I have a meta-meta question: should we use single aggregate thread with one answer per tag (e.g. here), where whole discussion happens in comments, or one question per tag where the discussion ...
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Can I ask a question again, but with a different point of view?

I approached a question the wrong way and I would like to ask it again from a different point of view, but it already has an answer. I asked this question: Estimating quantiles with linear ...
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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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How to ask questions new learners would not easily understand but experienced persons feel trivial?

Sometimes I feel I have some questions that people that just learned from book will not understand what I was asking, but some really good people feel it is no need to explain. How can I ask those ...
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Simple question needs simple answer but does not attract necessary attention

So I know there are several general "How to attract attention" posts. But I don't know how to improve my question given the tips because I feel it is really simple. I saw three options to increase ...
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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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User edits question after it was answered - how to react?

I guess such question may have been asked before, but I was not able to find it using search field on meta. What should we do if a user edited his/her question after it was answered? Edit your ...
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How to ask question that makes you famous and highly upvoted?

@whuber asked recently about Top Ten List of Reasons to Close a Question Immediately, i.e. how not to ask questions, but maybe let's address this from the opposite perspective: how to ask a "great" ...
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Top $k$ List of Reasons to Close a Question Immediately

This is intended to be a "humorous and friendly thread on how to ask a horrible question" (amoeba) which can help new users understand how to write good questions. We hope you will contribute one "...
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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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What to do about “sounds like spam” error?

I attempted to post a detailed question, focused on conceptual and statistical issues, not coding. The site rejected my post with an unexplained error message that my post looked like spam. I also ...
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Increasing visibility to questions by upvoting comments = cheating?

I have begun posting questions in CrossValidated and recognized that many go almost unnoticed. I realized that by periodically upvoting the corresponding comments the question may reappear as active,...
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Would you recommend phrasing questions controversially to provoke a response?

For example: "Why are small sample sizes better?" instead of "Why do small sample sizes give more significant p-values for rare events?": I tried this just as an experiment because I wasn't getting ...
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Is there an ideal time of day to ask new questions?

Or more specifically, is there a peak time of day when a greater proportion of newly posted questions tend to get answered? When are the experts online and actively answering? And conversely, are ...
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What are your thoughts on users who ask too many questions?

It seems that some folks are asking large amounts of questions. I remember seeing one fellow ask over 10 questions in an hour! This is getting outrageous, should we introduce a limit on the maximum ...
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Why do so many questions on Cross Validated continue to go unanswered? [duplicate]

Have a look here and scroll to the bottom. You'll notice that (as of the day of this post) Cross Validated has the 3rd worst record for percent of questions answered among SE sites. Only 61% of ...