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Understanding the use of the [science] tag

There are only 14 threads tagged with science. I looked through them and I don't see anything in common among these threads. It appears to me that this tag (that, by the way, exists since 2010) is ...
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What's the tag "empirical" meant to convey?

Given the ambiguity of empirical, I propose we get an [empirical-bayes] tag, and then we can retag all those questions pertaining the subject (which I volunteer to ...
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Tags around categorical data coding / representation

Update (26 Oct 2017): Master tag categorical-encoding has been created, and has the following three synonyms: [dummy-variables], ...
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Weights and everything weighted

Usage of "weights": regression coefficients Regression coefficients are referred to as "regression weights" in some literatures. I personally find this confusing, and would like to steer the site ...
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Weights and everything weighted

The weights tag It is too generic, and should be killed. Upvote: agree, this is too ambiguous; this needs to be cleaned, and further use is discouraged/limited Downvote: keep it generic Comment: ...
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Understanding the use of the [education] tag

Edit: [learning] - done. [education] - done. Some users consider these to be meta tags, therefore, not to so great tags. Taking into account comments from @amoeba's and @gung's, the revised ...
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How to improve the description and usage of the [machine-learning] tag?

My opinion is that machine-learning tag is borderline useless because it is too unspecific and too vacuous. It is not the only tag like that. For example we have fitting×600 and model×900, which are ...
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Why do we have the [tag:coding] tag?

It seems that at one point it was supposed to be about the coding of categorical variables. Note that we now have categorical-encoding. This tag should just be burninated.
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Can we do something about the confusing/ambiguous [random-effects-model] and [fixed-effects-model] tags?

My question did not provoke much interest but I am still deeply annoyed by the current situation. Here is what seems to me would be a better arrangement: random-eff-econometricsFor questions about "...
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Weights and everything weighted

Usage of "weights": in neural networks There is simply no way we can possibly make neural network people to stop saying "weights". This is a huge field, and model coefficients are always called ...
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Meta-analysis of the meta-analysis tags

Based on the discussion in comments above, my current suggestions are as follows: meta-regression stays as a distinct tag. Currently all questions with [meta-regression] are also tagged with meta-...
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The [ordinal] tag and ordered logistic regression

Let me make a concrete proposal here along the lines of @amoeba's option 2. Use [ordered-logit] and [ordered-probit] as our main tags for ordered regressions. Move relevant threads from [ordinal] in ...
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Confusing [moving-average] tag: split into two?

Let us keep moving-average for moving average and retag questions about moving-average model (MA(q) model) as ...
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What are the [scoring] and [scores] tags about?

Both scoring×40 and scores×78 are ambiguous and should be eliminated. We have a variety of other more specific tags that could be used instead: z-score, change-scores, scoring-rules, propensity-...
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Ambiguous [interval] tag

Thanks for the discussion. I replaced the wiki excerpt for interval with PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS TAG. It's slowly being deleted. Use [confidence-interval], [credible-interval], [prediction-interval],...
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Rank-related tags are an enormous mess

Signed-rank-test to Wilcoxon-signed-rank test [This answer was originally posted as a separate question (you still can see comments there) and now transferred to here as an answer. It is my request ...
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Is the tag `statistical-confidence` portmanteau of `confidence-interval` and `statistical-significance` and should it be deleted?

(Turning my comment into an answer) Nearly half (13/22) have either [sc] & [ci], or [sc] ...
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Should we do something about [mixed-design] tag?

I have eliminated mixed-design. Questions about mixed ANOVA I was retagging as newly created mixed-anova; as a result this tag now has ~40 threads. As I wrote in the question, given that anova ...
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What to do about the [control] tag?

So as to move this forward I propose the following course of action. I shall go through the (now) 144 questions and (1) re-tag any of them with a more appropriate existing tag, and (2) remove the ...
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What should we do about the [hierarchical] tag?

We have several well-established tags that start with "hierarchical": hierarchical-bayesian × 278 hierarchical-clustering × 184 hierarchical-analysis $\to$ multilevel-analysis × 783 In this ...
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Sort out [hotelling] into [hotelling-t2]

This is done, [hotelling] is no more.
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"Benchmark" tag is ambiguous

In forecasting, comparing a proposed new method against a benchmark is fundamental, for the reasons I describe here. (My impression is that the analogue is not equally common in Machine Learning, but ...
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What should we do with the ambiguous [Pearson] tag?

Here is my specific plan about what to do with the pearson tag, based on the above discussion with @Scortchi a year ago: Create tags and tag synonyms pearson-chi-squared$\to$chi-squared and pearson-...
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Understanding the use of the [science] tag

While I don't have figures to support this impression, personally I wouldn't expect most questions to relate specifically to science; a large fraction, certainly. (However, I think that's not really ...
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Ambiguous [combination] tag

This tag is now empty, and if I understand correctly will auto-delete. there remain a few with the tag linear-combination which as @amoeba pointed out could apply to most posts here so unless anyone ...
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Tag *random* very non-specific

For now, there are no more random posts left. For the future, we need to see into blacklisting ... as mentioned in a comment by @Stephan Kolassa.
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Weights and everything weighted

Usage of "weights": in meta-analysis You ask about other uses. In the meta-analysis thread there are occasional posts about alternatives to the standard inverse-variance weighted method. ======...
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Ambiguous [permutation] tag

There are now just over 200 permutation left which I think could all without loss of information be re-tagged [permutation-test]. Some of the others were [combinatorics], some had little to do with ...
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Ambiguous [randomization] tag and friends

I have now dealt with most of these. Just to report what happened: about half were re-tagged random-allocation, a handful each were re-tagged clinical-trials, experiment-design, permutation-test, ...
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What to do about the [control] tag?

I think an ideal schism would be "control-theory" garnering its own tag, all other questions remaining as "control". The Kalman-filter is essentially a statistical, data analysis tool, hence on-topic ...
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