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Should we make [deep-learning] tag a synonym for [neural-networks]?

I'm in favor of the merger. Any questions which are specifically about deep neural networks, in contrast to neural networks in general, can be described as such in the text. One motivation for the ...
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Is "data-preprocessing" on topic for CV?

It is on-topic. Because every comment so far could be an interesting answer to this question I am pasting them here: Nick Cox: The tag or term data-preprocessing isn't universal across statistical ...
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Why do Cross Validated and Math SE have different policies for homework questions?

Statistical questions are unlike mathematical questions. On the math site, a question will quickly be closed if it is not immediately clear what it means and what it is asking. All other questions ...
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Are questions on statistical language valid and do we need statistical-language tag?

Technical statistical usage sometimes departs from colloquial English usage. (Examples abound, such as the transitive use of "to learn" in the ML community and the use of singular nouns among ...
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Fix a typo in [restricted-boltzman-machine] (RBM) tag

Done. There's supposed to be a mechanism for users to propose tag synonyms, but it is rarely invoked and never works because it requires (as I recall) five votes for approval and there's no queue to ...
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Increasing reputation needed for creating tags?

I think us going towards a higher threshold is reasonable. In a way, CV.SE is a mature site/community anyway so the "obvious" tags are by and large covered. Bringing our threshold in line ...
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Do we need a unique "rstudio" tag?

Thanks for bringing our attention to that! I have removed this tag from the three threads. Obviously, we don't need such a tag on Cross Validated as it targets a particular UI specific to R (even if ...
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What tag name do you prefer: [covariance-matrix] or [variance-covariance]?

The master tag should be covariance-matrix.
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Too many boosting tags

After some discussion in the comments above, the emerging consensus seems to be: Map gradient-boosted-trees and gbm to boosting as synonyms. Leave adaboost and xgboost alone. This plan looks good to ...
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What is deep-rl?

Make deep-rl a synonym of reinforcement-learning. If users want to emphasize that their network is "deep," they have the option to add deep-learning.
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What's the best thing to do with the [student's-t] tag now?

One reason students-t can potentially keep reappearing is that it starts with "Student". We don't have any other tags starting with this word. So instead of blacklisting this tag, I suggest to create ...
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When is traffic slow on CrossValidated?

Based on number of posts: Time of day: Looks like 3:00-7:00 (all times are UTC) is half as busy as 14:00-18:00 day of week: Saturday is the least busy day, followed by Sunday combined: 6:00-7:00 ...
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New interesting page: TagOverflow

This is the output from a social network analysis. (I don't know much about SNA, but we have a tag for it, social-network.) Specifically, this is an undirected graph where the sizes of the nodes are ...
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Tag proposal: [cronbachs-alpha]

Create the tag, don't mass-retag - retag slowly, one question at a time, not too many all at once, so we don't bump-flood the landing page.
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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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Can we delete the dplyr tag?

I don't see why not. You make good points.
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Many threads about combining p-values without the [combining-p-values] tag

Yes it would. As it happens, the [combining-p-values] tag did not exist until around one week ago, when I created it and single-handedly tagged around 10 questions with it. There was some activity in ...
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Tag proposal: [phylogeny]

This seems fine to me. Here are a couple of points: When you create the tag, be sure to create a tag wiki excerpt that states what it stands for, and provides some guidance on how to use the tag. ...
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Are questions on statistical language valid and do we need statistical-language tag?

I've argued the other way in the thread cited, both by commenting against this point of view and by answering the question. But we can agree that questions such as these do seem to straddle a border....
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Do we need a unique "rstudio" tag?

No, we do not need a distinct rstudio tag because rstudio is simply a convenient interface to R, not a separate language with its own peculiarities. Making rstudio a synonym of r appears to solve any ...
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ab-test is not a technical term

Organizing tags is a delicate balancing act between being too comprehensive and too specific. It is no surprise, then, that discussions about tags occur frequently. I am grateful that our community ...
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What is the optimal length & level of detail of tag wiki excerpts?

Like @Scortchi and @whuber, I prefer shorter excerpts. (Besides aesthetic preference, I suspect they are more likely to be read.) I think excerpts should mostly proffer tag usage guidance, and that ...
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Do we need both [forecasting] and [prediction] tags?

Yes, we need both. I think forecasting is more specifically about time-series data -- "What happens next?" Prediction the task of deploying a model to assess unseen data in some way. With prediction, ...
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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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Is it useful to have separate tags for lme4, lmer, glmer, nlmer, nlme, and lme?

Yes, mapping the function to the packages is a good idea. Maybe we should make all of them as synonyms to [lme4-nlme] ? This is the simplest choice and anyone ...
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The *learning tags

The learning tag is in the process of being removed, see the answer in Understanding the use of the [education] tag. I wrote wiki excerpts to q-learning and transfer-learning. The former is IMHO a ...
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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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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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Should the default tag synonyms be in the full form or abbreviated?

Let the users decide in each case. When creating synonyms, I have always chosen as the "target" (which is the name that will be displayed) the one most commonly used on the site. The advantages of ...
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Should we make [deep-learning] tag a synonym for [neural-networks]?

In favor. Looking at the recent questions with these tags, there seems to be no pattern which get tagged neural-networks, which get deep-learning, and which get both. On the other hand, there are ...
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