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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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 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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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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### 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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### 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 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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 ...