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Are all questions asked on stats and data science SE also on topic here?

Are all questions asked on stats and data science SE also on topic here? Or is there some rule such as (on-topic in stats or data science SE implies off-topic here)? Data science and the stats SE ...
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What kind of experts are we trying to attract?

A core goal of the private beta is to generate high-quality content that will attract experts. We are also given the opportunity to invite experts by email to the private beta. My question is simple: ...
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Accepting Nominations — Who should moderate this site? [duplicate]

Ideally Moderators are elected by the community, but until the community is large enough to hold a proper election, we will be appointing three provisional Moderators to fill those roles. We need ...
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What should we name our chatroom?

We have a chatroom. At the moment it doesn't really have a name. Other sites' chatroom names include: Super User's "Root Access" PPCG's "The Nineteenth Byte" Blender's "The Renderfarm" Pets' "The ...
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Something new coming to the Artificial Intelligence Stack Exchange

Earlier this year we announced a "site sponsorship" program aimed at bringing in industry and project-team leaders to help support these sites. A lot of your questions about this program can ...
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Vote Early, Vote Often!

Note: This post is (nearly) identical to this one on Language Learning.SE. I would like to echo a post that Scott Morrison made on Meta.Tex.SE: I'm a moderator from MathOverflow, and this "...
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Do we really have a scope or not?

So, can someone help me understand what the scope of the site is? I ask a question about Monte Carlo search, which is one of the core algorithms behind the Go playing AI bot, AlphaGo, and it is ...
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Moderator Pro Tem Announcement

Throughout the beta, we need members from the site whose focus is to engage the community, both in community-building issues and site management. That's why we select a few members from each community ...
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How do we promote this site?

Besides being "one of the 7 meta questions every site should ask", it's just plain important. An "AI Stackexchange" site has been tried before, at least once, and possibly a few times. And in the ...
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Welcome to public beta!

As you may have noticed from the Beta badge being awarded, privilege thresholds being adjusted, and the Area 51 proposal status being updated, we are now in public beta! This is a really special ...
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Can we send messages to young researchers who have recently published papers in artificial intelligence related journals during the private beta?

During the private beta we have the opportunity to send Emails via stack exchange: And because stackexchange is already well-known on the net, it is more probable that our invitation will be read and ...
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Do we need a higher rate of new questions right now?

It seems to me that the visit stats have tailed off quite dramatically over the last week or so: upwards of 400 down to 200 or so. The number of new questions also seems to have diminished, so maybe ...
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How this site is different from Cross Validated?

We've this old thread at Area 51 (related to older site proposal which failed): How is this proposal different from Cross Validated? In general accepted post says: First of all, artificial ...
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3-vote close - how's it going?

UPDATE: While the testing period has ended, this change has been well-received by the community so we have opted to not reset the votes needed to close/reopen to 5 while we look at data. Please let me ...
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Announcing a Pro Tempore Moderator election

Summary: Artificial Intelligence Stack Exchange will begin the nomination stage for a special election on February 17, 2020 to bring in two more moderators. For full details of the process, see the ...
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How can we quickly describe our site? [duplicate]

If you browse through the scope tag here on meta, you'll see that our scope might not be entirely obvious from the site title. When we open to the public, though, it's really important that we can ...
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Are we too fast downvoting questions, especially for newcomers?

I've been active on several different SE sites during the last years and I haven't seen any other community that's so fast with downvoting questions, especially without providing helpful comments. I ...
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Should We Start Writing Tag Usage Guidances and Descriptions?

The title, all in all. Do we need to start writing usage guidance and descriptions for the tags yet? This is needed in the future, but in the beta I'm not sure of. Ideas?
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The description of the site seems incorrect

The site is described as "For people interested in conceptual questions about life and challenges in a world where "cognitive" functions can be mimicked in purely digital environment." However, this ...
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Upcoming change in moderators

As some have noticed, recently I haven't been able to spend as much time on AI.SE as I did earlier in the site's life. A lot has changed since then; our site specifically has grown and improved a lot. ...
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A friendly reminder that this site comes from the Science category

You can see that here. However, most of the questions here feel rather more on the technological side of artificial intelligence. Those questions are on-topic on Data Science. That site was created as ...
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Do we want easy technical questions?

I was clicking around and wanted to post a question. Started doing research to be able to ask an interesting one that I have in mind, and, well: Avoid “easy” questions It’s tempting to start with ...
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What should the AI.SE Site Description be?

Per Moderator @BenN's request in this thread to change the site description, we need to open a new thread and vote on new suggestions. Please propose site description texts exactly as past users did ...
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What should we do about programming resource recommendation questions?

I'm noticing that we get quite a few questions asking for recommendations of programming languages or libraries. Unfortunately, I'm not sure that wordsmithing our site description or help center will ...
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2020 Community Moderator Election Results

Artificial Intelligence's first moderator election has come to a close, the votes have been tallied and the two new moderators are: They'll be joining the existing crew shortly—please thank them for ...
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What is "on-topic" regarding Reinforcement Learning questions?

I was quite surprised to see this question migrated from AI Stack Exchange to Data Science: https://datascience.stackexchange.com/questions/39279/dqn-cannot-learn-or-converge There are two reasons ...
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January 2020 Moderator Election — Community Interest Check

This community last had moderators appointed in 2017, so it's been a while... In addition to that, you may have noticed that one of the current mods — Ben N — is stepping down from their moderator ...
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What should be on-topic, modelling or implementation, or anything else?

At one point I thought I got it, but then I lost again. Few highlights: https://ai.meta.stackexchange.com/a/46 modeling belongs to Data Science SE I think the site should be interested in ...
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13 out of the 15 questions on the front page right now are -1 or lower score: This site needs a broader scope or it's doomed

I came to ask a basic fundamental question about AI: In a neural network when inputting nerve input to sense a 2D environment, how do you differentiate two types of objects so the neural network can ...
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What topics can I ask about here?

What should we have in Help Center > Asking section regarding What topics can I ask about here? For example Stats SE has this: CrossValidated is for statisticians, data miners, and anyone else ...
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Please welcome your new pro tem mod!

I'm Pops, a Community Manager at Stack Exchange. Though it saddens me to say it, one of your moderators has decided it's time to step down. Fortunately for you, one of your fellow AI Stackers has ...
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Should we discourage copy-paste answers?

How should we as a site treat answers which are simply copy-pasted from another source, (whether with or without attribution)? Particularly those which show little understanding of the topic on the ...
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How can you help our site and community?

There are different ways to help the community and the site, apart from asking interesting questions that nobody has yet asked (have a look at this post, which gives you some information about what a ...
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On the importance of regularly voting

Similarly to On the importance of descriptive and informative titles for posts, in this post, I will motivate the importance of regularly voting (both upvoting and downvoting). Since I've been elected ...
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Should philosophical questions related to AI be on-topic?

For example: Why would an AI need to 'wipe out the human race'? There is already the website for philosophical question, however here we can have more direct answers from the AI experts. ...
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Have we brought something new to the network?

At the beginning we were worried that this site won't provide anything useful. Is that still the case? As @Ben mentioned: Right now, the default state is fail unless we can show SE that we bring ...
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Is it time to modify our site guidelines?

We've been informally allowing ML implementation questions, software & hardware evaluation questions, and the scope of the humanities side of the field has expanded also... My sense is, the ...
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What should we rename the [theorics] tag to?

Right now, we have a tag called [theorics]. "Theorics" is kind of a dubious word. I've never heard the word used anywhere but this very site. Wiktionary says that the word is "obsolete". Google Ngram ...
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What should we do with answers copied from other SE sites?

Recently I asked a question and one of the most voted answer is totally plagiarized from an answer to a similar question in Robotics StackExchange I think it is against the site policy as the answer ...
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Why domain experts of our main site are mostly calm?

One can see that there are two closed proposals of AI on area 51: 10 years ago, 7 years. I Joined in our main site an year back. I asked only 25 questions and answered no questions. Because, the ...
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Technical questions are not getting closed

Technical/mathematical/implementation questions are off-topic. However, many of them are not getting closed. E.g., here are the most recent close votes I cast on the grounds the questions were ...
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Should the [deep-network] tag be replaced by [deep-learning]?

The latter is the canonical way to refer to the field, and its unclear when, if ever, [deep-network] would be preferable. Its a small change, but it'd help avoid very odd sounding questions like "What ...
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What is in scope under the "implementation of machine learning" exclusion?

Some implementation questions like this one and this one are not about Machine Learning. They are getting closed anyway, as the actual topic would rather be on another SE site. I wonder if the "...
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Should we discourage answers that say AI can't be smarter than its creator? [closed]

I'm seeing a lot of answers from people along the lines of "AI is just bits and bytes and ultimately cannot be smarter than its creator because its creator would have to use their brain to make ...
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What are the practices of serious stack contributors?

Stack network is laid on foundation of contribution and helping others in finding their questions solved. This question is only for the members who are dedicated to the stack community. You can see ...
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Would asking "When could we call a system an AI" be on-topic?

I've the feeling this would be opinion based or too broad, so I come here for community review before writing a more complete question. The root of the question is where to put the limit between "...
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How to distinguish between 'programming' and 'conceptual' questions?

There's been some comment discussion as to whether a couple of questions e.g. this one and this one have been on topic. In my opinion: We should take care not to readily dismiss technical questions ...
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What kind of implementation questions should be off-topic?

It was suggested that: "implementation problems" be explicitly listed as outside the scope of this site Can we clarify what this could mean? Some example would be useful. @InquisitiveLurker ...
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How should non-fact-based answers be handled?

Since this site is more subjective than some, we occasionally get answers that are solely based on personal opinion or make claims with no justification/references. Even subjective questions should ...
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How Do We Encourage More "Non-Speculative" Questions?

I'm getting tired of this site. It's supposed to be a factual site about software development and stuff. But 90% of the questions are sci-fi/fantasy questions like "If AI becomes sentient.......". The ...

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