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Current tag synonym candidates

Please post your tag synonym suggestions as new answers in this thread, one answer per suggestion. Upvote answers where you believe that the suggested tags should be made synonyms, and downvote ...
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Should tags refer to the answer as well as the question?

In some instances the question doesn't itself fit a particular tag, but the accepted answer/popular answers do. If tags are a useful guide for others then it could make sense to re-tag based on the ...
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Should we be merging our non-merged tag synonyms as a matter of course?

Tags on SE can be made synonyms with or without merging. Non-merged synonyms have a bit of a weird behaviour. Take a look e.g. at books which is a synonym of references. If I search for [books], I ...
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Tag-candidates for removal

We already have a thread for proposing candidates for tag synonyms, but there doesn't seem to be a similar thread for proposing tags for deletion. Similarly to the "synonym" thread, let's use this one ...
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Redundant tags: mixed effects and related models

Recently a question came up that I felt had several redundant tags for variants of multilevel or mixed-effects models. As far as I can tell, there are six tags I can find that are related to this ...
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The [kernel] tag is dead

Well, it took a while, but I'm finally done with this effort: every question in kernel has been sorted into kernel-trick and/or kernel-density-estimate. kernel is now empty; a moderator should ...
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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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What could be done with respect to tag “big-list”?

This is not about closing questions labeled as big-list. What could we do about the tag big-list (x38)? It excerpt says: Used to tag questions (often Community Wiki) where a collection of replies ...
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The final death of meta-tags?

It did happen on SO, SU and SF: http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/08/the-death-of-meta-tags/. So shall we follow? beginner is the most used tag here... Update: Done. No more beginner and subjective....
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What is the optimal length & level of detail of tag wiki excerpts?

I find tag wiki excerpts extremely useful, much more so than full wikis (I doubt that many people ever come across full wikis because SE design buries them quite deep). When I write wiki excerpts I ...
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Should I add the self-study tag to a question that is copy-pasted from a book?

This question was asked earlier today https://stats.stackexchange.com/questions/239640/simulation-problem-in-r#comment455733_239640. The text is copy-pasted from an Exercise from Introduction to ...
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Should we tag questions that smell like homework?

This is related to, but not a duplicate of, How should we deal with obvious homework questions Homework questions have certain characteristics - vague, sample data, inclusion of instructions meant ...
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Tag proposal: [phylogeny]

Phylogenetic comparative methods (PCMs) are a branch of statistics focused on modeling evolutionary data (i.e., data on species' characteristics and phylogenetic relationships). I have found 24 ...
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What should the “best practices” tag be for?

There is a best-practices tag which currently has no usage guidelines. Currently it mostly seems to be used on questions which are very broad, particularly where there might be multiple approaches (e....
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When re-tagging old threads, how many should one do at once?

Sometimes we decide to take care of confusing tags and this involves manual re-tagging. We all agree that one should only start mass re-tagging old threads after it has been discussed & approved ...
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Tags around categorical data coding / representation

Return back to the issue, June 30, 2017 I want to bring your attention once again to this tag question about categorical data encoding. It has not been resolved satisfactory so far, to me. 1) I ...
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Is it reasonable to go tag-hunting?

Occasionally I have done a search like this: smirnov -[kolmogorov-smirnov] to locate posts that mention a word that's likely connected to the tag, but doesn't ...
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Syntax highlighting with r tag

Adding r tag to the question syntax highlights the R code present in the question or in the answers. Examples here and here. On the other hand questions tagged r imply that the question is related to ...
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Is it okay to add the [self-study] tag through an edit instead of asking OP to do it?

I just (attempted to) reject an edit to include the "self-study" tag in a question, because the editor was "pretty certain that this is a self-study/homework question". "Self-study" is I think the ...
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Should the homework tag be deprecated?

Apparently the use of the homework tag was deprecated on SO. This is actually mentioned in the same meta that our FAQ points to in describing how to ask/answer homework questions. However, elsewhere ...
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Tag rename suggestions

Which tags do you think should be renamed? Let's add here tag-rename requests as answers. We can vote up answers to indicate that we agree with that tag-rename request and use the comments to discuss ...
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What should be rules for making and using tags?

One rule per answer, upvote if you agree, downvote if disagree.
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The *learning tags

We have no less than 13 tags containing "learning". Some of these are certainly fine, e.g. machine-learning, deep-learning, unsupervised-learning, supervised-learning, reinforcement-learning, manifold-...
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Error tag is ambiguous

Currently, the tag error has been used mainly for two purposes on CV: Statistical measure of deviation; Notification messages shown when statistics-related software fails. We have a residuals tag. ...
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Are half of “tag-synonyms” questions duplicative of “Current tag synonym candidates”?

Are half of tag-synonyms questions duplicative of Current tag synonym candidates? Some debate on the utility of this thread occurred in its comments. Let this question serve as a home for a revival (...
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Let us merge [mixed], [mixed-effect] and [mixed-model] tags

Recently I have been reading quite a lot on CV about fixed / random / mixed effects models and related terminological controversies. Unfortunately, the CV tags for the mixed models are a mess, which ...
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Do we need [basic-concepts] tag?

I am wondering if we need the basic-concepts tag (221 threads). It looks like an archetypal meta tag to me, and the SE policy is to not tolerate meta tags. We do have some particular exceptions to ...
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Ambiguous [permutation] tag

A week ago @JuhoKokkala raised the following Meta question: Ambiguous [combination] tag -- and the consesus was that [combination] tag should be entirely removed and replaced by [combinatorics] ...
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Why do Cross Validated and Math SE have different policies for homework questions?

Why is it that CrossValidated requires homework or the like to be tagged w/ self-study, but Math SE did away w/ homework tag a long time ago? Why don't the arguments for no more homework tag in Math ...
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Ambiguous [combination] tag

See combination (113 threads). Some of these are combinatorics questions about counting combinations, some are about linear combinations, combining distributions, combining this, combining that... The ...
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Synonymize various tags for reference requests

Something's been bothering me (and it may just be me) about one category of our tags. When someone asks for references for a particular topic, their choices for tags seems to be: ...
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What are the [scoring] and [scores] tags about?

I just noticed that we have scoring tag -- what is it about? It does not have description. It's content is pretty chaotic: from Good books/papers on credit scoring (my initial guess for what is it ...
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What's the best thing to do with the [student's-t] tag now?

I've been very slow about it, but in relation to this question: Issue with [students-t] tag, I have finally re-tagged them all (bar the last couple which I will take care of after a suitable interval ...
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Can we do something about the confusing/ambiguous [random-effects-model] and [fixed-effects-model] tags?

I want to discuss the following three tags: mixed-model (2000+), random-effects-model (580) and fixed-effects-model (400). There is a well-known terminological ambiguity between econometrics and ...
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Delete ambiguous [recommendations] tag

Under the tag recommendations there are 14 threads: 10 threads deals with recommender-system (49 uses). They are: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 [closed], 7, 8, 9, 10. 4 threads asks for references (237 uses). See ...
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Tagging answers nor questions [duplicate]

From time to time there are questions that provoke answers that reach far beyond the initial question, for example, explain in detail some basic issues, or use detailed examples of some specific ...
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Modeling vs. Modelling tag

Already there are two tags for this ("Modeling" and "Modelling"). Should we, very early on, decide on one tag and try to edit posts in order to keep consistency and better searching?
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Should the gmm tag be added?

I would like to suggest adding the gmm tag for growth mixture modeling. This would help when asking questions specific to this area. There are a number of questions on this topic, e.g.: How are the ...
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What do you think of the new tag: identity

I confess that I made a new tag: identity. A search of 'identity' on the main site yielded 1110 questions, and being able to label something as an identity and ...
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New interesting page: TagOverflow

There is a new interesting page, called TagOverflow (I came to it from math SE Meta). Its results for Cross Validated are here. Or, copied in here: For discussion here: What can this teach us ...
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Tag Map for CrossValidated

I've just made a map of tags for CrossValidated. In short: tag size is related to tag popularity and edges are related to tag co-occurrences in questions (or more precisely: the observed/expected ...
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What is the exact meaning of the [self-study] tag? Should we consider renaming it?

Our self-study tag is defined as: A routine question from a textbook, course, or test used for a class or self-study. This community's policy is to "provide helpful hints" for self-study questions....
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How to improve the description and usage of the [machine-learning] tag?

I've noticed that a specific user has engaged in a campaign to add the tag machine-learning to a number of posts that do not mention machine learning, particularly posts about neural-networks. I don'...
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Guidance on creating and organizing tags

Prompted by the "new tag suggestions" question, I wondered about "guidance on tagging principles: should we aim for more generality, thereby associating each tag with more threads and enriching their ...
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Should distribution tags always include “-distribution”?

Should any tag for a distribution include that -distribution, or only when necessary for disambiguation? For example, the following distribution tags do not include that suffix: chi-squared: chi-...
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Should we make [deep-learning] tag a synonym for [neural-networks]?

We already have a thread on tag synonyms and merging the *-learning tags, but since deep learning is currently a hot topic, it probably would be better to discuss it separately. Should we make deep-...
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Rank-related tags are an enormous mess

We have the following rank-related tags: mann-whitney-u-test (271) -- ranksum test wilcoxon (297) -- used for ranksum and for signed-rank signed-rank-test (37) sign-test (21) spearman (134) spearman-...
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Understanding the use of the [education] tag

What's the use of the education tag, given that we have the learning and teaching tags?
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Should most R tags be replaced with package tags?

The R tag covers an enormous number of questions, many of which aren't really about R in general, but how to use a specific package. There appear to have already been some grumblings about this in ...
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The kernel tag is a mess – should it be changed? [duplicate]

The unfortunate collision of the word "kernel" as in "kernel density estimate" and the separate use as in "reproducing kernel Hilbert space" is making the kernel tag kind of confusing. The tag wiki ...