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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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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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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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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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Blacklist the “output” tag?

Seven questions are tagged with "output". To me it seems this tag is ambiguous, without any special meaning or use, and in fact it may often signal that a question should be migrated (in the cases ...
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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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Can we delete the dplyr tag?

Currently we have 3 questions which are tagged with the "dplyr" tag. All three of them have zero votes. In my opinion questions related to this tag and this R library are about data wrangling in R. ...
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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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Our tags for logistic regression: [logistic] and [logit]

logistic (3858) is one of our most popular tags; its wiki excerpt says Refers generally to statistical procedures that utilize the logistic function, most commonly various forms of logistic ...
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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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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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Do we really need [latex] tag?

We have 15 questions tagged latex, several already closed and few others being, in my opinion, candidates to being closed. This tag and most of the questions are off-topic. Maybe we should delete the ...
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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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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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Confusing [moving-average] tag: split into two?

Moving average and moving-average model are two quite different animals, but they seem to be conflated in the name and the description of the moving-average tag. The excerpt implies moving average, ...
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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 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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Too many boosting tags

I don't know much about boosting, but I accidentally noticed that we have the following boosting-related tags: boosting × 311 gbm × 179 gradient-boosted-trees × 28 The problem is that boosting (...
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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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Many threads about combining p-values without the [combining-p-values] tag

There seem to be quite a few questions that refer to Fisher's or Stouffer's method for combining p-values, but without the corresponding combining-p-values tag. Would it help the site to tag those ...
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Visualisation tag

Based on the answer to Synonym merging suggestion for users with under 2.5k?... I noticed the recent creation of a visualisation tag and also a little used data-visualisation, both spelled with an "s"...
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Could 'r' tag be displayed as a capital 'R'?

Is there any chance of making the 'r' tage display as 'R'? I think it would make its meaning clearer. Must confuse newbies.
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Should we have [birthday-paradox] tag?

Currently there are approximately 13 mentioning birthday paradox and another 22 mentioning birthday problem (I guess there could be more). In most cases it is the main topic of the questions. Should ...
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Should we have a “misspecification” tag?

I just read this very interesting question and wanted to add the "obviously relevant but missing" misspecification tag - only to notice that we don't have it. Which I find surprising. We have quite a ...
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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 ...
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Do we need a unique “rstudio” tag?

I've observed that there are a small number of questions tagged as "rstudio." Is this strictly necessary? It seems to me that it would prevent splintering of R-related questions across multiple tags ...
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Is “data-preprocessing” on topic for CV?

I was reviewing first post questions and came across one seeming totally off-topic tagged data-preprocessing. Curious, I found a lot of ML questions invoking this tag. My gut says "data-preprocessing" ...
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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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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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Understanding the use of the [science] tag

What's the use of the science tag, given that one might expect most questions on this website to be related to science?
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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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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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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's the tag “empirical” meant to convey?

Reading this question How is empirical bayes valid? I thought it needed an empirical-bayes tag and so I came across the tag empirical. It has 98 questions tagged in really diverse topics and no ...
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Is it useful to have separate tags for lme4, lmer, glmer, nlmer, nlme, and lme?

lme4 (402) is an R package that has lmer (498), glmer (168), and nlmer (10) functions. nlme (119) is an R package that has lme (196) as a function. Both packages fit [generalized] linear (and ...
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Distinction between [hauck-donner-effect] & [separability] tags

We have two tags that seem closely related: hauck-donner-effect (69 threads) Excerpt: Also called "perfect separation". In logistic regression, if all 1 & 0 outcomes lie on different ...
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Rename [poisson] in [poisson-distribution]

I suggest to rename poisson into poisson-distribution, given that its wiki excerpt says A discrete distribution defined on the non-negative integers that has the property that the mean is equal to ...
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Proposal: add reference-request as a synonym for references

references has 718 questions, synonyms books, sources and resources and a tag wiki that seems to cover requesting references: "References" is our generic tag for questions seeking information ...
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Burninate the “dynamic” tag

I just edited the online tag and noted some synonyms for "online" algorithms. Among them are "dynamic" algorithms, so I looked whether we have a dynamic tag or similar and whether making it a synonym ...
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Improving [mathematical-statistics] tag excerpt

I've noticed a lot of questions with the mathematical-statistics tag where it clearly doesn't belong. I think this happens because naive users think all statistics is mathematical statistics. The ...
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Weights and everything weighted

@amoeba and I had a lengthy (and hence not particularly productive, if the sheer length is any indication of the proximity to consensus) discussion of tag synonyms in the main "Tag synonyms candidates"...
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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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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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Is [tikhonov-regularization] really a synonym for [ridge regression]?

I am new, so may have a biased sample, but it seems a lot of the discussion on "regularized regression" focuses on methods that penalize some norm of the parameter (coefficient) vector. For example in ...
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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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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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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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The [ordinal] tag and ordered logistic regression

Consider the following tags: ordinal (678) ordinal-logit (3) ordinal-probit (1) ordered-logit (62) ordered-probit (13) proportional-odds (2) The ordinal-logit, ordered-logit, and proportional-odds ...
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Do we need a tag [csv-file]?

I see we have a csv-file tag with nine questions mostly quite old and at a brief reading either off-topic as about software operation or not really about the file type. We do not seem to have any ...
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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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