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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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MATLAB MATLAB (MATrix LABoratory) is a multi-paradigm numerical computing environment and fourth-generation programming language. It is developed by MathWorks. MATLAB has a free, open-source ...
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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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Julia Julia is a new language with MATLAB-like syntax but Lisp-like semantics and a Lisp-style macro language. Julia has growing capabilities for statistics, and, its main advantage, is blazing fast!...
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Migrating software syntax to StackOverflow or DataScience?

I view data cleaning as on-topic here: it is a fundamental, if somewhat unglamorous (and underappreciated) aspect of data analysis. But, in keeping with this site's approach and philosophy, we would ...
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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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Stan Stan is an open-source, probabilistic programming language implementing full Bayesian statistical inference and penalized maximum likelihood estimation. Stan has very good documentation (...
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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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Shall we add "this is just a software question" to our default close reasons?

I like the idea, and I like the current phrasing. I think we'll end up with a system that operates more smoothly with this as a default option. I think having to type a custom comment is sometimes ...
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JAGS JAGS is Just Another Gibbs Sampler. It is a program for analysis of Bayesian hierarchical models using Markov Chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) simulation not wholly unlike BUGS. JAGS was ...
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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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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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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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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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Plugging your software: allowed?

I see your valuable contributions quite regularly here; thanks for those. Thanks for asking first, as well. The SE network has a fairly clear policy on self-promotion, which you should look at. ...
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JMP JMP is a desktop statistical exploration tool from SAS. The primary source of online support for JMP is the JMP User Community site which hosts discussion forums and a file exchange for add-ins ...
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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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Fortran Fortran is one of the main languages in which statistical algorithms have been coded. Comp.lang.fortran is an active Usenet group. Stack Overflow often has Fortran questions. The Open ...
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Plugging your software: allowed?

As I understand your description, this would be a pure software / how-to question. As such, it would be off-topic. There is, however, a glmnet tag. You could leave comments (where it seems ...
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Wizard Wizard is desktop statistics and data visualization package for Mac OS X. The primary support channel is the Wizard User Group hosted on Google Groups. Disclosure: I am the developer of the ...
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Weka Weka is a collection of machine learning algorithms for data mining tasks. The algorithms can either be applied directly to a dataset or called from your own Java code. Weka contains tools for ...
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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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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?

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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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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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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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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Shall we add "this is just a software question" to our default close reasons?

The suggestion makes sense but I have yet to make up my mind regarding whether it would be better to have an extra field for this or to amend the option This question appears to be off-topic because ...
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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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Migrating software syntax to StackOverflow or DataScience?

My comment is true: beta sites can't be listed in the flag/close dialog as migration options; one has to suggest that destination in an ...
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