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$\LaTeX$ macros for expectation, variance and covariance?

Is it possible for Stack Exchange to make available $\LaTeX$ abbreviations for \mathrm{E}, \mathrm{Var}, ...
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How best to leave comments on questions and answers in the review queue?

I notice that regular Review Queue patrollers often leave a stock comment, particularly on "first posts" and "low quality posts". There are many issues that arise time and again, ...
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If I use my own StackExchange answers elsewhere, am I violating copyright law?

And a related question, "Who owns the text of an answer I write on StackExchange?" Hypothetically, If I take the text of an answer I wrote on StackExchange and include it word for word, verbatim, in ...
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Instructions on how to use LaTeX on CrossValidated

Questions formatted in LaTeX are easier to read, but not everyone who has permission to review a question/answer knows how to do it. Are there any instructions on CV about how to use LaTex?
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Are you allowed to edit an answer that you disagree with?

In this answer of mine there is a disagreement with another user over the validity of my answer. In response to the user's comment, I edited my answer to provide an explanation of why they were wrong ...
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Why do we have a tensorflow tag if questions about programming are off topic?

This question was put on hold for being off topic with the following note: "This question appears to be off-topic because EITHER it is not about statistics, machine learning, data analysis, data ...
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What is considered an "unanswered question" in Stack Exchange?

I noted the discussion recently about the high proportion of unanswered questions here on CV and decided to try to answer some. So, I clicked on the "Unanswered" button but, rather than start at the ...
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Project Reduplication of Deduplication - Cross Validated

Stack Exchange recently started a collaboration project with the University of Melbourne, in an attempt to improve the automatic detection of duplicate questions. More information on the project and ...
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Many (historical) duplicate questions - how to pick a "canonical" question?

I want to bring this up here rather than mass-flagging a whole bunch of questions as duplicates (and also avoiding the issue of choosing one as the "base") This question from today is a new member of ...
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When is traffic slow on CrossValidated?

A frequent recommendation (e.g., here and here) for retagging or otherwise editing multiple questions is to do it when traffic is slow. Then edit-bumped posts will only push older questions off the ...
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Markdown, R code and dollar sign?

Here is a dummy piece of R code. pca <- prcomp(matrix(rnorm(10*10), ncol=10)) pca$x pca$rotation The third line appears indented, whereas it is not in the ...
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How can I figure out why my reviewer privileges were revoked and how can I get them back?

This question concerns me personally, but some parts of it might also be of general interest. During the last week or so, I had been regularly reviewing first posts and late answers. Yesterday @gung ...
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When should answers be self-deleted?

I'm new here. Yesterday (my time) I answered this question. In the subsequent micro-discussion that took place in the comments, discovered that I had, in fact, misread the intent of the question, and ...
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How to save a draft version of a question?

Is it possible to save a draft version of a question, and if so how? The only options I'm aware of on SE are to either post the question (and perform consecutive edits) or discard (and lose the draft ...
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Common Issues and FAQs

I have been an active participant in the site for a while now, and I never really figured out how to deal with issues that keep recurring (nor have I figured out "Community" topics). I would ...
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Am I allowed to attach PDFs of papers to questions?

I have quite a few questions in mind that would work much better if I could attach PDFs of academic papers to the post. I could then refer to the PDF in the question. I have access to the PDFs through ...
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Using all votes in Elections

I didn't see anywhere that it specifies whether or not we have to use all of our votes in elections. I know that process for determining winners is STV, under which it is possible to include voters ...
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How can I find questions where I and another user interacted?

I would like to find a post showing an interaction between me and another user, probably under the form of me (or him) asking a question, and he (or me) providing an answer, which would be the easy ...
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How to write R code in my posts?

I am a new member of this group. How can I write the R code while commenting or posting? I read also the previously asked questions related to this but don't get my answer.
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What is the proper way to delete your own answer?

There are times when I answer here -- but, upon further reflection, it is clear that I'm not the best person to answer the question (because of lack of expertise or just confusion about the question). ...
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Correcting authors' typos in excerpt from papers

In this question the correctly copied excerpt from the paper used reproduces a typo that would make the findings of the paper invalid. The correct simulation setting is found in the paper cited ...
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Review queue and skip button

I just had a quick look at the first-post review queue to see if there were any questions I could helpfully edit. The answer was no (in the time I had to do so), so I pressed 'skip' for each of ...
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How can we obtain voting data after the election?

Will we be able to see the results by vote after the elections are over? Or will we just have an announcement of who the winners are? I would be interested in knowing the exact numbers, as in: ...
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Printing pdf with just the answer, rather than the whole page

Some answer are so interesting that I would like to print them, to read them again later on. I would also like to take advantage of the latex format, instead of printing the whole page, and print a ...
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Is there a procedure to propose the reopening of a question?

When a question is put on hold as unclear (for example), is there a way to propose that it is reopened? Like flagging? In particular, I think this question is clear enough to be answered and I would ...
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Is there a way to unflag?

I incorrectly flagged a post (simply caused by me being especially unobservant) before realizing I should have just voted-to-close (which I then did). Is there a way for me to unflag, so I don't ...
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Best practice: How to request clarification from the author without 50 rep to comment?

I'm new to Stack Exchange and want to answer questions, but without 50 rep I can't post a comment asking the OP for clarification. Is there a clear guideline for what to do in this situation? (If so,...
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Can the unanswered questions change?

The top unanswered questions haven't changed since I first started using CrossValidated. I'm tempted to post useless answers just to get these questions out of the way so I can actually use the ...
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How to follow a question?

Is there an option to follow a question asked by another user? I would like to get a notification every time a new comment or answer is posted.
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Reputation in meta

I'm a bit puzzled by the fact that the reputation (but not the badges) is shared between CrossValidated and meta. StackOverflow has two different reputations for the parent and the meta website. Is ...
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Is there an SVG version of the CV logo?

SVG versions of a few logos are available here. Is there an SVG version of the CrossValidated logo available somewhere?
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How do I find oldest unanswered question

I like being a "necromancer" in CV and digging through the bones of things that have been abandoned but are meaningful. I want to search unanswered, as in zero answers at all, questions by ...
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Tag-related problems with migrations from MathOverflow

Recently there were some discussions on MathOverflow and Mathematics and Meta Stack Overflow related to an automatic check on tags that is performed when a question is migrated: It is checked if at ...
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Unclaimed bounty points: where did they go?

I set a bounty of 50 points on one of my questions last week. Unfortunately, it was never answered. After the bounty expired, shouldn't the points have come back to my account, since it was offered ...
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Is there something like "follow this question"?

When I find a interesting question asked by others, so I want to know what's the answer. However, this question has not been answered (or get a satisfactory answer), i want to know "follow" this ...
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Filter for questions for review

I received the requests for reviewing the questions. Among them there are questions related to machine learning which I have not any knowledge. Is there any way (for example, modify my profile) such ...
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Can I move a conversation to chat before the 11 comments threshold?

I searched for an answer to this question before asking, but I couldn't find it (I admit I'm not very skilled in using the "search" function on the SE sites). I would like to move the comments for ...
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Is there a way to see tags that have no wiki?

Tags are often more useful with WIKIs attached. Is there a way to see only the tags that are not defined?
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Why are there 500+ entries in the Late Answers queue?

On inspection, it looks like many "late answers" from years ago have been added to the review queue. Is this a change to, or an error in, the algorithms that select which answers get added to the ...
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Is there a way to 'undo' a mistaken review?

A few minutes ago, I rejected a tag wiki edit (which didn't match the comment) as too minor (a one character change), and seconds after I did so realized that I had made a mistake, since it turns out ...
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Programming or data request confusion

I haven't been reviewing long, but it seems like almost daily I see questions closed due to programming or data requests. But to me the majority of these are more often statistical questions rather ...
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How to change SE’s readability-destroying font?

SE made a change to their fonts which seriously impairs my ability to read the site today. Is there a setting or option to change this?
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Why am I seeing sponsored advertisements?

I have "Do not show me more advertisements" checked in my preferences, which also inform me: You have earned the Reduce Ads privilege. If you'd prefer, you can re-enable them here. Nonetheless, SE ...
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How to write the independence symbol?

I wanted to write this formula in an answer: All the instructions I found involved creating new command or extra packages, is there a list of available symbols supported by Exchange? I got stuck in ...
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How to contact another user?

Someone posted a helpful answer to one of my questions. Now I want to contact that person. How can I do this? Can I send a direct email?
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Can code-review be relevant here?

I'm fairly new to stackexchange so bear with me. I have a code review for some lines of matlab over at https://codereview.stackexchange.com/questions/8165/code-to-generate-graph-in-matlab-review-for-...
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Is this version of the site real, or a phishing scam?

While searching around google, I found the following site: Potentially Fake Site! (Doesn't load on mobiles) I almost logged in to it using my google account, then noticed the bizarre URL. Is this a ...
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Not sure if I skipped a review or accepted the question: what happens to the review queue?

For various reasons, I've never wanted to review questions up to now. However, out of curiosity, and also because I felt it would be giving back to the community, I decided to give it a try. A couple ...
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Why was the bounty not awarded to me?

First I answered this question on March 30 (the same day as the question was posted). Later I got two upvotes. Then a bounty was started on that question some time in mid-April. I received two ...
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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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