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Top $k$ List of Reasons to Close a Question Immediately

Questions which are just photographs of your homework sheet or old exam paper Why these questions are closed We have a policy on self-study questions, which says that: It is okay to ask about ...
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Moderator resignation

Anyone who visits CrossValidated for more than 10 minutes will notice your ubiquitous great contributions to this site, and anyone who visits longer will recognize your enormously valuable insight and ...
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Reinstate Monica

Changing your username and avatar are not the only options. People can also change the text in the 'about me' section of their user page. Note that if your reputation is >1k, you can have an ...
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Moderator resignation

Sorry to hear. I have never trusted Stack Exchange to be a long-lasting source of information due to their for-profit objectives and sometimes very hostile moderation policy. I encourage everyone to ...
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2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

Sycorax I'm nominating myself for a moderator position mostly because I want the election itself to succeed. (To wit, if there are not enough participants in the election, then the whole election ...
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Why are Cross Validated users using the avatar "Reinstate Monica"?

Much of this information is in, or can be found from, the question you refer to. If you want to read everything, or just warm your feet by the dumpster fire, you can go to meta.SE. The place to ...
gung - Reinstate Monica's user avatar
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Is it safe to use Cross Validated as a note keeping software?

Given that metaoptimize disappeared overnight without any warning, and that - in my opinion - Stack Exchange doesn't care much about the perennity of user content, that's a fair question. We should ...
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I am resigning as a moderator

Gung, thank you for your service as moderator, and I wish you the best success with whatever you choose to do with the time you would have spent moderating CV. I'm glad you have decided to stay and ...
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We have a very large & widening gap between questions and answers. How do we fix it?

We need more answers, and therefore answer-writers There's no escaping that more answers to on-topic questions are required to close the gap. More active participation in closure queues is a ...
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Top $k$ List of Reasons to Close a Question Immediately

Questions which contain a large number of undefined abbreviations or acronyms One of our close reasons is "Unclear what you are asking." I'm comparing an XYZ model to a YYZ model using the ABC and ...
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Rich get richer phenomenon on CV

Let's look at the data. First up is a plot of acceptance rates versus the number of answers, with a weighted GAM smooth superimposed (courtesy ggplot2). It shows $...
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2017 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

Gung (my nomination post) Several tag-related tasks require moderator attention. How well do you feel our community deals with them presently? Would you be able & willing to improve the ...
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Should we reduce the vote threshold for closing questions?

I'm all in favor of option 3: ask SE to lower the threshold for closing questions from 5 to 3 votes. (Importantly, the same should apply to the threshold for reopening a question. This is also the ...
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Are very elementary questions off topic on CrossValidated?

To my mind, elementary is too slippery a criterion for closing. I don't doubt there are many questions that are elementary for @MichaelChernick that would be over my head, and I don't necessarily ...
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Do answers with equations and formulas in them get more votes?

In short: I think that the bottom-line is that in terms of correlations, there is not a clear effect. It differs per user, and if we would scale the number of equations by the size of the post then ...
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Should questions about comparing the output from different statistical software be on topic here?

I would lean towards allowing such questions. For example, I answered such a question here: Difference in output between SAS's proc genmod and R's glm. My general position is that whether a question ...
gung - Reinstate Monica's user avatar
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Dealing with "do my professional work for me" questions?

I downvoted your question because the part about job-related questions doesn't make sense, and it's unrelated to the site policy: this is a Statistics Q&A - nowhere in the list of questions one ...
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Policy on questions that read like, "How should I do my job?"

A question should be judged based on whether it is a good statistics problem. Statistics are used in business, in academic research, in politics, in volunteer activities, and by some really weird ...
Stephan Kolassa's user avatar
28 votes

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Not carefully developing a question to ask of your data As Scortchi put it (his ellipsis): […] How can I analyze these data? This quip exemplifies questions that describe a dataset and then ask ...
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Overlap with ai.stackexchange and datascience.stackexchange

TL;DR Machine learning, deep learning and reinforcement learning are all on-topic here, but we ask that questions not be primarily concerned with programming. Preamble I'm not active on DSCI.SE or ...
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Why is math.SE more responsive than Cross Validated?

Math.se has more site traffic than Stats.SE. https://stackexchange.com/sites?view=list#traffic Math.SE has much more site traffic. Moderator @whuber notes that depending on the statistic, the ratio of ...
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How can I find questions that are easy enough so that I can answer them?

Good question! I am very far from being an expert, so I struggled with the same problem. Here are a few things I found helpful: Find and follow tags that you know something about. I spent a fair bit ...
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I asked a question, got no answer, then worked it out and published it in a paper (not as the main result). Do I need to/should I cite the paper?

It's entirely in order to cite your own published work in answers on CV. That is very often helpful. I can't think of any good reason for suppressing a reference you know about -- beyond not giving ...
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Top $k$ List of Reasons to Close a Question Immediately

I personally like the "questions": I have a dataset consisting of vectors of numbers and I want to predict values from other vector of numbers. Any help will be appreciated. Thx Why it gets ...
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Why do people downvote old questions and answers?

When a person in 2017 is looking at an answer that may have been written in 2010 (say), it's not that person's responsibility to try to figure out if the answer might have been correct at some time ...
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How are people asking and answering their same question within minutes?

There is nothing wrong about it. It is perfectly ok to answer your own question, the system even allows it and changes the name of "answer" button to "Answer your own question". This was done in the ...
Tim's user avatar
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"Help I have some data and need to analyse it what do I dooo?"

I'm sorry, but I don't think this is a useful approach. The questions you are referring to are essentially "please teach me data science". There are just far too many possible flavors. If you set up ...
Stephan Kolassa's user avatar
27 votes

2020 Moderator Election Q&A - Questionnaire

Kjetil b halvorsen In your opinion, what do moderators do? Helping the site function better ... resolving disputes, being an example A diamond will be attached to everything you say and have said ...
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Top $k$ List of Reasons to Close a Question Immediately

What was the chance of this strange personal coincidence? I am perplexed; I just ended a relationship with a guy and 1 month later I meet another guy who has the same first name and the same first ...
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26 votes

Top $k$ List of Reasons to Close a Question Immediately

"I am working on my dissertation..." Why is this a negative point? It may seem entirely natural as a lead-in, but it's a bad start. We think statistically (what else did you expect?). A large ...
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