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Should we have a tag to identify questions concerning specific published papers?

I was just editing Trying to understand free-energy equations in a Karl Friston neuroscience article and thought it might be useful to have a tag identifying questions specifically concerning one or ...
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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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Opinion based questions

I was trying to find some (news/code) ressources on Machine learning and about to post a question on datascience.SE but a similar question has been asked before: What are your favorite sources for ...
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More flagging options needed

This site has a relatively large amount of off-topic questions which should be better moved to SO or CV. But currently in Flagging > Closing > Off-Topic > Migration, the only listed site is meta-...
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Basic Standards for Grammar and Punctuation

I see many questions and answers which have no regard for English basics, such as capitalization and simple punctuation. I understand many users will not be native English speakers. I certainly want ...
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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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Let's get critical: Dec 2014 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Data Science Stack Exchange, but there is a whole world of people out there who need answers to their questions and don't even know that this site exists. When they arrive from Google, ...
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Are questions relating to setting up data storage systems on topic?

I have loads of questions about the practicalities of storing and backing up large datasets, about things like how to select appropriate hardware and filesystems for my particular use case, how best ...
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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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Are we interested in Winter Bash 2014?

Winter Bash is coming up again next month. See 2013's site for more info, in case you haven't heard of this: http://winterbash2013.stackexchange.com/ Different SE sites can choose to opt in or out. ...
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Is the cryptanalysis domain part of the Data Science?

The cryptanalysis is a domain for analysis the encryption algorithm and sometimes the way to break them using statistics, math and number theories. My question is: "are questions regarding ...
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Is a question about future career paths appropriate?

I've been working in Business Intelligence for a long time, and I'm considering changing the focus of my career to data science. Is Data Science the proper place to ask generic advice questions such ...
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Should we lower reputation requirement for comments?

I'm running into a chicken/egg problem in this community. I often need to leave comments to get more details to answer questions, but I don't have enough reputation points to leave comments. Is ...
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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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Can we get some more off-topic close reasons?

Currently the only options for flagging as off topic are: Blatantly off-topic/nothing to do with data science Migrate to DS meta At the very least, we could use a general-purpose "belongs on another ...
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Before I waste my time… List of lessons

I'm looking to put together a list of free sites that offer courses / lessons that would be useful to me and this site's audience. I don't want to do this only for the question to be closed for no ...
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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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How should we tag questions related to data that has a time dimension?

This morning, I suggested an edit to a question to change "dataset" to "unbalanced panel data" in the title and add a panel-data tag. Soon after, I found a question asking about longitudinal data, ...
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Should the recommendation tag be burninated?

The recommendation tag seems to be use for a variety of questions most of which could do without it. Should the tag be burninated?
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machine-trasnlation tag?

The tag machine-translation is misspelled as machine-trasnlation. Although it is a pretty minor thing, it looks ugly and unprofessional, and hence I thought of bringing it to notice.
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Are questions regarding NLP on topic?

As said in the title, are questions regarding NLP in all its forms (classification, text mining and so on) on topic here ? For instance, shall I vote to migrate this question here ? The reasons I see ...
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What is the purpose of the [bigdata] tag?

This question is currently tagged big-data: Handling a regularly increasing feature set It seems like users will tend to add this tag whenever they have some feeling about the "bigness" of their data....
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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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Should some questions be made Community Wiki and reframed as polls?

The question that has drawn my attention is this: What are your favorite sources for news about Machine Learning and Data Science? In the comments there are some objections about the possibility ...
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Are performance optimization questions off-topic?

I'm posting this to discuss whether questions about performance optimizations are off-topic in data science, and of course to see better definitions for such questions. My main relation with data ...
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Are questions about Data Science as a field on topic?

I would like to ask a question in the main site about a statement I heard in a Data Science Meetup presentation. It was something like "Data scientists work in order to help executives make the ...
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Are ethical considerations for the data scientist within scope? Is {ethics} on topic?

Are all ethical considerations for the data scientist already subsumed by a blend of other professional disciplines and Information Security (INFOSEC)? I can see that many ethical dilemmas will be ...
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Flagging link-only answers

I once flagged two link-only answers, but since we're not StackOverflow, in terms of size/#users, I think we should rather strive to comment/edit the posts, so as to make them not link-only answers. ...
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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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Are questions about algorithm implementation on-topic?

I just joined the beta and I was going to post this question here: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/24212117/performance-of-a-fuzzy-jaccard-index-implementation But I thought it might be totally ...
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Are questions about Artificial Intelligence on-topic?

Sorry to bother but, the latest Artificial Intelligence was closed as a "duplicate" of this site. Some of the basic qustions included: What is the difference between AI and Machine Learning? What ...
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When is it okay to cross-post to on Data Science from Cross Validated?

In general: When it is okay to cross post from Cross Validated or Stack Overflow to Data Science? Specific Situation: I have a machine learning question on Cross Validated that does not seem to be ...
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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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Is asking for the best NoSQL database for case X ok?

This question just popped up. What is the Best NoSQL backend for a mobile game I think it's off-topic and should be closed as it's much more a software recommendation than something comming with ...
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Is digital preservation on-topic?

The digital preservation Stack Exchange failed. Its topic was: Q&A site for professionals working to ensure long term access to digital objects. Is a digital object "data"? Is, therefore, ...
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Proper format for tags

I noticed a pattern in tags from CSTheory, which consists of adding an abbreviation before the name of an area. For example, if the tag is probability, they write ...
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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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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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Are questions about languages, libraries and databases on-topic?

Certain languages such as R and libraries/platforms such as Hadoop are used almost exclusively in data science. Should programming or configuration based questions for such languages, databases, ...
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Should we adopt a [self-study] tag like stats.SE in scope and approach?

Should we implement a [self-study] tag in a similar way to stats.SE? I think that curious people will be drawn to this site to find out more about big-data in general. My question is mainly two-fold:...
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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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