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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 ...
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Where to learn about R packages?

The answer is, of course, "it depends", but I think you're asking about something different from what you think you're asking about. I believe we can all agree that a question like Is there an R ...
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Why does the “programming” closure message not mention Stack Overflow?

This is a good & reasonable question to ask because the observed behavior is counter-intuitive, and it gives occasion to lay out some of the subtle practices around closure and migration which, by ...
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If OP asks for a software referral, and a referral *doesn't* exist, may we answer with the code they asked for?

If code is the full answer to a question, then the question is off-topic. When the code illustrates or implements a statistical answer, such as a procedure or algorithm offered in response to a ...
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Should questions about comparing the output from different statistical software be on topic here?

I'd say that if it is about understanding the output, as in the quoted example, it would be on-topic. On another hand, if the question asked where can be the $p$-value of some test be found on multi-...
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Shouldn't CV be a valid resource on how to implement non-trivial statistical models in different software?

I agree with many of the points gung makes (and several of his answers to subquestions) but I disagree with the conclusion in relation to the post in question. I also agree that it has been litigated ...
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If OP asks for a software referral, and a referral *doesn't* exist, may we answer with the code they asked for?

A question asking for software referral is not on-topic, unless it needs some kind of statistical expertise. The same applies to questions about code. So, for example, a question asking about R ...
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What to do if a question is both unclear and about software?

I don't know of any official CV policy. My policy, however, is to leave a comment for the OP stating that the question is unclear, typically with some description of the points that need clarifying, ...
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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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Should questions about comparing the output from different statistical software be on topic here?

Definitely yes. If results can be reproduced across multiple platforms, we have a methodology. If all platforms give different answers, we at best have implementations... and we don't know which one ...
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Is this question mentioning Keras off-topic?

I closed it, with a comment. It appears to be asking only about how keras works. If they edit to clarify a machine learning question, I'll be happy to reopen. For future reference, you are not ...
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Should I ask questions about interpreting printouts from a statistical package here or on SO?

I think that interpreting the results of statistical analyses is unambiguously a statistical question. It's true that such results are basically always the output of some function from some ...
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Should questions about comparing the output from different statistical software be on topic here?

+1 to all the answers provided. I think that all of them make good points and follow a general consensus that such questions appear "generally" on-topic. I would like to add that from personal ...
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Should questions about comparing the output from different statistical software be on topic here?

I think this is a good question. Sometimes such questions and their answers can be illuminating, as when someone asked What is the difference between various Kruskal-Wallis post-hoc tests?, and, ...
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Is "Why is inside-r.org pointing at mran.microsoft.com?" on topic on Cross Validated?

It's off topic here, and I doubt this particular discussion (aside from the question of on-topicness) would be on topic at any of the other SE network sites. You're free to raise it on our chat if ...
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The [pandas] tag

Tags serve several purposes. Software tags inform us that the original proposer is interested in explanations or solutions that are, or can readily be expressed in, certain software platforms; any ...
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Question migrated from StackOverflow put on hold after 1 second with no comments?

If you consider the universe of questions which are daily closed or reopened it will not be the first nor the last time to happen. It just happens. If you spend some time in this community you'll ...
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Internet Support for Statistics Software

TensorFlow TensorFlow is an open-source library for machine learning that was developed by Google. It has detailed documentation on its web site. Bugs and feature requests can be posted and viewed on ...
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Computing questions: ggplot2

As per https://stats.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic, the questions about how to achieve this or that in ggplot2 are (now, in 2019) off-topic and should be asked ...
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Updating/re-asking software-related questions

Based on the comments, I have set a bounty on the 2013 question, claiming that "The current answer(s) are out-of-date and require revision given recent changes", which is not entirely correct but the ...
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Shouldn't CV be a valid resource on how to implement non-trivial statistical models in different software?

As far as I can tell, the example question should be squarely on-topic at Stack Overflow (& the answer a fine one). Both https://stackoverflow.com/help/on-topic & the close reason Questions ...
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Where to learn about R packages?

Not arguing that ssdecontrol has an excellent answer, but as someone who is very interested in R packages, I find that subscribing to R-bloggers is really, really, useful. It will keep you in touch ...
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What to do if a question is both unclear and about software?

It depends. My thoughts: If it's not clear whether statistical expertise is needed to answer it (or might otherwise be on topic), we would typically need to clarify first because clarifying that to ...
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Internet Support for Statistics Software

Mplus Mplus is a latent variable modeling program. It offers a wide range of models, estimators, and algorithms to researchers. Its analysis capabilities include a variety of basic and advanced ...
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Internet Support for Statistics Software

Keras Keras is a high-level neural networks API, written in Python and capable of running on top of TensorFlow, CNTK, or Theano. It was developed with a focus on enabling fast experimentation. ...
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Internet Support for Statistics Software

PyTorch PyTorch comminity hosts a list of educational resources on their page, including Discuss forum and Slack channel.
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Tags that have broad concept but also address a specific software function

This Q was mentioned in a recent discussion and I see that it is unanswered, so I thought I would answer. What can be done when the tag name represents both a function of a statistical software, ...
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Shouldn't CV be a valid resource on how to implement non-trivial statistical models in different software?

This issue has been litigated many times on meta.CV, and the specific thread referenced is clearly off topic. The question is only asking about how R works (what package / function, and an error ...
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If OP asks for a software referral, and a referral *doesn't* exist, may we answer with the code they asked for?

Consider taking a long-term view and writing a new package One thing that is worth bearing in mind in regard to this query is that questions on CV.SE (particularly if they are fairly regular questions)...
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Internet Support for Statistics Software

Vowpal Wabbit VW is a command-line machine learning software that is designed to efficiently work with large amounts of data, that is not limited by RAM. It supports online learning. The software ...

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