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What characterises the difference between data science and statistics?

The cliché holds that we are drowning in data, yet starving for knowledge. Wikipedia characterises data science as the generalizable extraction of knowledge from data, and it defines statistics as ...
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Can we get TeX support?

Like on math.stackexchange, where (for example) I can type $\sqrt{2}$ for square root of 2? If we want to be able to quote equations from data science research ...
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How is Data Science Different From Cross-Validated?

I see a lot of two overlap in the two SE sites. I think both interest me in the research and possibly the professional work I do. What are some cases to use one and not the other. In particular, ...
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Congratulations! Data Science is graduating!

You've been cleared for graduation by the Stack Exchange Community Team! Data Science met our threshold for graduation-worthy sites and after a review, the Community Team determined that you're good ...
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Community Moderator Election has been cancelled

We regret to inform that due to insufficient nominating candidates, we are currently terminating the ongoing election here on Data Science Stack Exchange. As explained previously, in order for an ...
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How is this site different from Cross Validated

I think Cross Validated is a more inclusive site than Data Science. The scope of Cross validated includes machine learning. I wonder what is the reason of this site proposals? Cross Validated is ...
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Why so few people vote and is there any way to encourage voting?

I've been discovering DataScienceSE for about two months and although I kind of like the topic, my impression is that this SE is not doing great. I've been active on a few other SE sites for some time ...
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Can we get a more direct definition of 'What is Data Science' on help Page?

If a question is closed as off-topic, the asker is referred to the help center for advice on what is on-topic. But as of now, the What topics can I ask about here? help page is somewhat self ...
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Low usage - datasience.SE dying in beta?

Our usage statistics at http://area51.stackexchange.com/proposals/55053/data-science are all but great. Unless we get a much larger and more active community going, this site will die in beta, just ...
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What to do about "Are my model ideas for this problem good?" or "What is best model for this problem?" questions

There is a common question type that gets down voted or closed here. Rightly so in my opinion. However, I think the steady stream of similar questions needs somewhere we can point them. Typical ...
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Intel will soon be sponsoring Data Science

We're excited to announce that Intel will be sponsoring Data Science beginning November 11th through February 7, 2022. We wanted to give you a heads up and walk you through what it will look like. How ...
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What is the point of the [data-science] tag?

Why do we have a data-science tag? It's quite obviously redundant, and it could be applied to every question on the site, so why does it exist? This seems like having a [programming] tag on ...
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Can we get syntax highlighting?

I just answered my first question here on Data Science Stack Exchange. I am a somewhat regular user on SO and Programmers.SE. By that I mean that I have some experience using this kind of sites, and ...
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Ideas: How to get more active users and improve the community of DS

After a long discussion I had with the moderator oW_ about the community status in Data Science Site, I decided to gather some ideas and propose them here. Note: My personal view is that a moderator ...
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Are recommendation and opinion based questions off-topic?

It's very good to see the community is growing, and we're already through the private beta. Since this session ended, I've seen many questions asking for opinion and recommendation, but I was not sure ...
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2019 Community Moderator Election Results

Data Science's second moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the three new moderators are: They'll be the new moderator team shortly—please thank them for ...
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Another Data Science Milestone, our first 10k User!

I am am not sure how to phrase this as a question, so I am not going bother. NeilSlater just crossed the 10k threshold here on Data Science. And I think it is time for a bit of celebration. Please ...
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Stack Overflow is planning to give their non-programming Machine Learning questions wholesale to Cross Validated

Just a note that Stack Overflow is looking to give away their closed questions on theoretical (i.e. non-programming) aspects of ML to Cross Validated: Let's gift wrap our (good) Machine Learning ...
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Who are you and why are you here?

I feel it would be interesting to get to know other each other and why you are participating on this beta. As data science is fairly new, knowing about each other's background would provide us a ...
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2019 Potential Moderator Election Community Interest Check

As you might remember, around a year and a half ago, this community's first election failed — as this community's "fully graduated," elections are a vital part of the moderator selection process, as ...
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A few important notes on the Beta

I was a part of the Big Data beta about a year ago and I was saddened when it didn't meet the qualifications to get out of Beta. A few notes from the link above: We need to average at least 15 ...
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Next Steps for Data Science Stack Exchange

The Community Team has kept a close eye on Data Science SE during private beta. Today I have some great news -- the site will be entering public beta! This is slated to begin early next week. While ...
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Do we have a 'canonical' question for "how to avoid overfitting"?

I've encountered this question looking for "some guideline about how to manage the over-fitting problem". OP has enough specifics in their question for me to give a specific answer, but I ...
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Who should our moderators be?

If your meta site does not have a post to nominate Moderators, start one now! Pro Tem appointments will begin about two weeks after the site is created. The more guidance we receive, the more informed ...
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Voting is Moderation, and we need more Moderation

As discussed by Grace Note we need more moderation if this site is to continue. The easiest form of moderating is to vote. So far, 28 days into this month, we only have 17 users with more than 10 ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, address issues and lead the way in site management. That's why we select a few members from each community to ...
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Is visualization an integral part of Data Science?

In an answer to the question about what characterises the difference between data science and statistics, the main differentiation referred to Data collection, Data manipulation, Data scale, Data ...
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Hands-on Moderation is essential for this community to continue

Two weeks ago, we cancelled the Moderator election for this site on the grounds that there were insufficient candidates. I posted this meta post to investigate the source of the problem and determine ...
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Are questions about Statistics on-topic?

We all acknowledge that statistics are a core tool for data scientists. But considering that Cross Validated exists to answer questions specifically concerning statistics, what type of statistics ...
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New design launched

As you can see, the new design just went live! At this point, we are done with major revisions to the design (although you can still report CSS/styling bugs by starting a new post and tagging it with ...
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Why is there a penalty for downvoting answers?

I understand that for question asking, if quality is low or it looks like there was not sufficient effort or time put into asking a question it can be downvoted. My question is: why is there a ...
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Great questions from the DataScience.SE beta

We have spent some time discussing questions that are not perfect. When a new user shows up, and doesn't know how to ask a question or what questions to ask, seeing lots of people talking about what ...
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Is asking about data sets off-topic?

Can we discuss any of the following: Is there a data set D to do task X? How can I best clean data set D? What are some good free data sets? EDIT For the record, asking for data sets is off-topic ...
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Site design and logo — Draft

👋 I’m Simon, a designer at Stack Overflow and I’ve been tasked with designing a custom theme for this community. I’ve looked at your ideas in this former post, and came up with a design I hope fits ...
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2019: a year in moderation

It's New Year's Day in Stack Exchange land... A distinguishing characteristic of these sites is how they are moderated: We designed the Stack Exchange network engine to be mostly self-regulating, ...
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2017 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Data Science is scheduled for its graduation election next week, July 31st.In connection with that, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the ...
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Tag 'graphs' - two distinct usages - what to do?

I noticed that the tag 'graphs' is used at least twofold: for questions involving graphs in the sense of nodes and links for questions where 'graphs' means in fact 'charts' For me, this is not good. ...
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What is on-topic here?

I am trying to find the right site for a question and am a bit torn between data science, cross validated, and ...
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How to ask a good question on data science SE?

I have been browsing through the Data Science SE for last couple of months almost everyday along with other SE sites. I noticed that, in general, the questions asked on Data Science SE is often of ...
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Can alternative sites now be added to off-topic/migration?

I see this was asked a while ago in Offer Additional Options for "Off Topic" Flag - however this was answered with a clear "no" because we were a beta site at the time. Recently I saw this ...
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Moderator Election - We need more candidates!

In a bit over 3 hours, the nomination phase of the moderator elections is scheduled to end. However, in order for the election to proceed, it is necessary to have at least one more candidate running ...
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2022 Community Moderator Election Results

Moderator election #3 on Data Science has come to a close, the votes have been tallied, and the new moderator is: They will be joining the existing crew shortly — please thank them for volunteering ...
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2019 Moderator Election Q&A - Question Collection

Data Science is scheduled for an election next week, March 25th 2019.In connection with that, we will be holding a Q&A with the candidates. This will be an opportunity for members of the ...
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Custom Data Science design and logo - Information gathering

Congratulations, Data Science community! We’re going to be creating a custom site design for you that we hope will represent your subject and we want you all to really love it. You’ve been waiting ...
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Some concerns about unanswered questions

There are still 29% unanswered questions right now. Based on my observation, there are numbers of questions which have good answers, but as there are no upvotes on these answers or the author don't ...
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How to deal with "I don't know where to start" questions

I think we are all familiar with the Stack Exchange Data Science question like the following: "I have this really cool idea for this project that I would like to work on where I take stock data and ...
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What is your process for migrating questions?

Came across How to check whether a word is abbreviated or not using Python? this question you migrated to Open Data this morning. This is not an Open Data question; it may not be a Data Science ...
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Offer Additional Options for "Off Topic" Flag

There are frequently questions which are off topic posted on this site. It would be nice to be able to flag them with additional information for the moderators. For example, there are frequently ...
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Let's have pyspark tag

Some time we need to distinguish the question for PySpark from spark or apache-spark, so there should be a separate tag ...
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Are questions about structuring data for storage in databases/repositories/xxxx systems on topic?

One of the areas I am particularly interested in, is using systems like Lucene (ElasticSearch/Solr, etc.) to store data that is used for other computations. Are questions about how to best index the ...
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