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Question about math notation closed as off-topic

Questions about notation have been traditionally considered within our scope, provided the notation is ultimately about statistics / machine learning. In addition, the question of why the exponential ...
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Why is my question "Can a human be intellectual property?" still closed?

The reason given by the majority of the close voters was that it was unclear; I will let them explain that reasoning if they choose to. Speaking for myself, I don't think the central problem is lack ...
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Problem with moderators trying to keep my question closed

In case of both questions you asked me and @Sycorax had a lengthy discussion with you in comments. We both suggested that you should make the question more precise because it is not clear what you ...
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Closed question - discussing differences between statistical procedures

I reopened and unlocked the question. The basis for this action is explained in a comment to the question, which points out the (many) statistical issues that need to be addressed. Nevertheless, I ...
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Why was this question closed as unclear? Please vote to reopen it!

I can answer 20% of why this question was closed, being one of the five close voters. The question has been edited since, and may well be edited again, so I won't make a running commentary on whether ...
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Why is my question "Can a human be intellectual property?" still closed?

I voted to close as unclear when the original question was, in its entirety Can be a human be intellectual property ? I think and i am obtain in data MEta thought or is it Meta learning? ...
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Is my closed question without merit?

The moderator gave you the opportunity to clarify your question, so that it would be more likely to be understood by the community. This serves two purposes. First, it helps you personally, because it ...
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Is there a "requests for reopen" queue here on meta?

Yes: https://stats.meta.stackexchange.com/review/reopen. It can be reached through the 'Review Queues' icon on the top bar (which looks like a horizontal bar chart with a tick in the bottom-right ...
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Question on plotting in Python closed very quickly

Contrary to your comment, questions that are only about how to use R (e.g., ggplot2) are off topic here, whether for ...
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My question about visualization got on hold

I think it was perhaps a mistake to close it in the first place—in any case I re-opened it after your edit & before I saw this. Sorry for any inconvenience—fortunately it was only ...
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Can anyone suggest why this post has not reopened?

All this question needed was a reopen vote. That would have kicked this question back into the reopen queue. There was one reopen vote cast after Vass's edit, but it was cast while the first reopen ...
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Question put on hold after I already answered it: can I edit it?

I think you are being too cautious here. We close a lot of questions and some of the decisions are inevitably wrong or at least not optimal. If you see a question that was closed but you think it ...
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Asking about which hypothesis testing technique? - My question is on hold

This is not an answer - but it's too big for a comment. Your writing is simply unreadable. It might be salvageable if you used good practices for scientific writing. Here are the specific complaints. ...
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Inconsistency with closure and migration

This result is certainly inconsistent. But no system works perfectly. The migrated question definitely looks like an SO coding question to me. Even with the comments it is a little ambiguous that ...
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Why was my question on combining probability distributions put on hold?

The general issue - Why questions that aren't really clear should be on hold: Questions that are not clear are supposed to be put on hold so that they can be made clear before people start posting ...
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Closed, later reopened, question on mgcv: how to review "niche" questions with substantial code content

I know nothing about GAMs, but to me this Q looks clearly on-topic; I am surprised to see that there is so much controversy about it. The question did not simply ask about the meaning of ...
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How to edit my question on RBF kernel in Python so that it gets reopened?

The question you linked seems to be primarily about Coding and not about statistics. You focus too much on the python/SVC code. If you want this question to be reopened you should make clear why ...
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Chaos Theory Thread Reopening Request (with a detailed answer ready)

Minimal changes to the question In this meta post you suggest re-opening the question because now you have an answer to it. But to re-open questions you should change the question itself; closing a ...
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Misunderstanding mark as duplicate question

I think you're right that the question at the bottom of your post ("What should be the conclusion regarding the effect of b on value?") is OK. In light of that, I'm willing to reopen (and answer) it. ...
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Is optimization off-topic?

At the moment this question appeared, I asked the OP to indicate how it was related to statistics but got no response. The thread is indeed interesting and many can see implicitly its potential ...
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Question is getting close votes, even after I added the requested clarification

(Making my comment into an official answer.) @StephanKolassa commented here explaining his concern with your question. The close reason is "In the meantime, I am voting to close as unclear". Three ...
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Why was my question on predicting weekly events closed as unclear?

You seem to be part-way through developing a heuristic method for prediction using implicit assumptions based on your knowledge of what the data represent & how they've been collected, & on ...
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Addressing reopening decisions in the review queue

Ideally the main issues should be addressed when it is first closed (I often comment when voting to close for one reason with a brief mention that a post would close for other reasons as well -- ...
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Is my closed question without merit?

The topic of whether variance (which is square by definition) is a good measure of dispersion or deviation is not without merit and is being discussed a lot. Your question, however, is very unclear. ...
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Problem with moderators trying to keep my question closed

if u want to be productive please just tell me about why my bullet no.3 can't or may can't be implemented? The point number 3 is about a request for code implementation. For discrete data there is a ...
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How far would this question about dependence and correlation have to be edited to not be deemed a duplicate?

I think both threads should be re-opened and I have voted for that. Real life examples is one thing, simple examples is another thing, and a question clarifying some technical confusion about one ...
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Are methodological questions concerning Crowdsourcing within the scope of CV?

Methodological questions concerning crowdsourcing and machine learning are on-topic on Cross Validated SE, but they can't be: duplicate unclear. too broad. primarily opinion-based. Questions ...
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Why was a question about predictive distribution closed?

I agree with @Glen_b there. But you've written a great answer on a rather neglected topic & I hope you've not been put off adding to it as promised. It's up to you of course, but if I were you I'd ...
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Is this question about categorical features on-topic?

I voted to close as "Unclear what you're asking" because I genuinely could not follow the question. The main statement of the problem is: My big question is how do I handle one test feature where ...
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