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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 want to welcome answers that focus on principles and generalities which would apply regardless of one's computing platform, and migrate any threads that ...


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I often, but not always, vote to close many such questions. Why? There is no axiom that all questions have a place somewhere on SE. Questions on the routine use of some language don't belong here and they don't belong on SO if they are not about a (non-trivial) programming problem raised by the poster's own code. For example, questions about "How do I do X ...


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I think the biggest factor that allows SO to function is that there are a lot more people contributing answers and working to maintain the site. That is, the number of people asking is larger, but the site as a whole maintains some sort of balance between the number of askers and the number of active answerers. It seems that we are slipping out of balance, ...


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Well thanks for nerdsniping me. My prior query in the comments is limited due to the idiosyncratic conventions of the data explorer to return only 50,000 rows. In that query I got around this problem by only selecting users with a reputation over 1 (people who sign up for the site and have their account associated de facto get a rep. of 1). Apparently the ...


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This is a (lightly edited) composition of the comments left above by @Scortchi, @whuber, @Glen_b, and Roland (I am marking this answer as CW). I believe they fully answer this question. There is no practical distinction between "focus on" and "about". Migration occurs when the question is likely to be considered on topic at the ...


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@whuber is right. When I judge that questions would be viable on SO, I'm happy to migrate. But most of the programming-ish questions I see don't seem good enough. In particular, they tend to lack reproducible examples. It's also worth being clear that a, say, 'how do I use R?' question would be off topic here, and can simultaneously be off topic on SO as ...


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In my case, very simple. I follow the tag "Stata" exclusively. Occasionally that leads me elsewhere, but I don't systematically follow anything else. Incidentally, that's one reason I am quite aggressive on migrations to Stack Overflow. If it's a Stata question, I will certainly look at it on SO. (If it's an R question, there are many spectacularly ...


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Well done Glen for sorting this out! I think the OP in fact got good advice in the very first comment—to clarify their question, that questions purely on programming are for SO, & even what function to look into using—but they didn't know how to act on it. One, hopefully uncontroversial, lesson we can learn from this straight away is to take ...


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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 statistical package, but that doesn't really change anything except the superficial aspects of the results. That is, the meaning of regression results in Stata output ...


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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 other (needs ♦ moderator attention) flag. Here's a quote from Tim Post on Meta Programmers (this was as also quoted partially here on Meta Stack Exchange): I'm Tim Post, a community manager for Stack Exchange. I'd like to ...


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To a greater extent than here, SO seems to divide up into mostly independent topic areas, though individual questions might cross several such topics that usually don't sit on the same question. In my case, I read the r tag there, and rarely look at anything else, so stackoverflow looks to someone like me like a largish but quite manageable site with ...


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So that this question ends up with an answer: Am I correct that my question falls into the category of "OR it focuses on programming, debugging, or performing routine operations within a statistical computing platform"? Yes. If so, would it be appropriate to migrate this question to stackoverflow? Only if it meets the conditions to be on topic there*....


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Note: I was one of the close voters. You are right that those questions are in the title. However, I interpreted 'how to fit this model in R?' as the real question. (According to my reading, the central sentence is "I can fit the model using nls without a random effect, but am having trouble getting the model to converge".) Things like 'what the name of ...


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This is a typical question for someone learning R. R's docs are essentially incomprehensible for newbies, especially if someone's learning statistics at the same time. In fact many R old dogs tell newcomers to Google the answers when they complain for poor documentation. Therefore, I don't think we should be supporting R programmers here. It would only ...


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It belongs on R.SE. This was a straight R.SE question that just fell between the cracks. To avoid confusions like this one (and many others), I think the idea of setting up R.SE should be revived, even though the powers that be at the SE level close the proposals within minutes.


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There are many colleagues in my workplace who uses Stack Overflow in the read-only mode. I try to encourage them to participate, but they always say that most things they look for are already there. As time goes on, it is more difficult to ask different good questions (despite new subjects are always coming up). As a consequence, there are many closed and ...


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