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Do machine learning / neural network questions go on scicomp or on crossvalidated?

Do machine learning / neural network questions go on scicomp or crossvalidated? Personally, I consider a question like https://scicomp.stackexchange.com/q/10248/3212 to be a better fit here than on ...
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Let's get an icon for Computational Science!

I was looking through the list of stack exchange sites, and I grew jealous of all their nice artwork. SciComp still just uses the default SE theme. It might be premature to think about redesigning the ...
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Let's get critical: Oct 2013 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Computational 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 ...
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a better place for a question

I feel that my recent question could be asked on another SE site, because it's rather about mathematical modelling than about computational side of the simulation. But I don't know what is a better ...
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Let's get critical: Jul 2013 Site Self-Evaluation

We all love Computational 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 ...
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Revising the “stability” tag

"Stability" refers to at least two distinct concepts in scientific computing: inexactness of floating point arithmetic, backward error analysis, etc discretization/operator stability, a necessary ...
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Is mathematical modeling on topic here?

This is sort of a rehash of Computational modelling vs. mathematical modelling, but that didn't get any answers so I'll try to be more specific. The context of this question is that I'm supporting ...
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Is there interest to install a regular (6-monthly ?) review of all tags and propose a combined update?

Given two recent posts on meta on the topic of removing tags (conditioning and numerics), I was wondering if there is an interest among some users to install a regular "tag review". The idea is to ...
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What concrete guidance should we give to people asking software package-specific questions?

This question is in the same tradition as How appropriate are software package-specific questions?, but I'd like to put more specific guidance in the FAQ to help stem the tide of "debugging questions" ...
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Merge tags conditioning and condition-number?

I'd like to suggest merging these two tags for the following reasons. Both tags are under-utilized; many questions cover the topic of matrix conditioning, either in statement or in answers, but are ...
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Replace 'numerics' tag

I would like to see the numerics tag replaced, because it 'works' only because of a mutual misunderstanding. As for science, 'Numerics' refers to the investigation of numeric patterns. The first ...
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Thoughts, comments, and reactions about the FEniCS experiment

A little over two months ago, Anders Logg posted Can scicomp.stackexchange be used for project-specific questions?, asking if it would be all right to use SciComp StackExchange as a replacement for ...
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Computational modelling vs. mathematical modelling

My request for discussion is prompted by this recent SciComp.SE post, Definition of incompressible flow, and relates to the scope of the forum. As commented there I feel the topic falls just far ...
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Can scicomp.stackexchange be used for project-specific questions?

Is scicomp.stackexchange the right place to ask questions that relate to the usage of specific libraries? To be more precise, we are contemplating moving the FEniCS Project from Launchpad, which has ...
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Should we migrate signal processing questions to dsp.stackexchange.com?

In light of a recent question, I'm wondering to what extent we should accept digital signal processing questions and when we should migrate them to dsp.stackexchange.com?
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What does it mean that this is a “beta” site?

What are the criteria for it to be official and is there a risk of it not continuing?
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One of my questions of stackoverflow was closed - would it be more appropriate here?

I asked a question about resource allocation (kind of) on stackoverflow which was closed as off-topic. My problem is that I need to allocate climbing hold colors to wall sectors, while some rules have ...
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Policy on homework?

I've just replied to a question where the poster was honest enough to add a tag "home work". The question itself was not really the home work I guess (it was this question), but more how to do ...
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what is computational science difference from the computer science?

I mean there are two general-purpose computer science stack exchanges: http://cs.stackexchange.com and http://cstheory.stackexchange.com. When should I prefer this site?
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Tag graph for scicomp

I made a graph of connections between the top tags on scicomp, using this code and Gephi. Enjoy!
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Undelete question 4650?

I wrote a five-minute answer to this while disconnected, during which time the author deleted the question. Discard my answer or undelete and post? Not a big deal to me either way. https://scicomp....
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Tag for rejected questions?

Should a tag be created for "closed"/"rejected" questions? It might make sense to have them tagged if they're being kept for archival purposes—it would also mean that a question like this one on Win32 ...
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Tag Merge Request: fem & finite element

I think we should merge the fem tag into the finite-element. Any objections?
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Should open questions be closed?

So far a decent chunk of the questions I've asked on this site are open in the research sense. E.g., a question like "does problem X have complexity Y" will result in answers giving the best known ...
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Cross-posting on non-stackexchange sites?

The guidelines (see this discussion) discouraging cross-posting duplicated questions seems to be limited in scope to multiple posts on SE sites only. In light of a recent post here, I realize that we ...
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Scope of Data-Analysis Tag

I added the "data-analysis" tag to the question here since I felt it was the best fit for the author's request of a "post-processing" tag. While I see those two terms as almost identical, I was ...
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Should non-numerical MPI questions go here or Stack Overflow?

Should general questions on MPI go here or Stack Overflow? An example of such a question is ...
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When is a question/answer too program-specific, and what is the policy on redirecting to other forums?

The question came up in this thread about an OpenFOAM-problem: user asked a question on the appropriate forum where he didn't get an answer too (or didn't find it in the first place) because he didn't ...
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How do we resolve the overlap among 3 Python and serial performance-related questions?

It was recently brought to my attention by AlexE that my question What tools or approaches are available to speed up code written in Python? might be a duplicate of (or overlap heavily with) (how to) ...
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Use scicomp like our collective computational science blog/encyclopaedia!

I'd like to call everybody's attention to a recent Stack Overflow blog post by Joel Spolsky, the CEO of the StackExchange Network. In it, he explicitly encourages a more blog-like approach to using ...
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FAQ still references Theoretical Physics

The FAQ still mentions Theoretical Physics, which was closed (and is now essentially part of Physics): Physics, ask on https://physics.stackexchange.com/ or http://theoreticalphysics.stackexchange....
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questions on SLURM configuration or setup

Are questions on setting up and configuring SLURM on an HPC cluster on topic for this site? The particular question I have in mind is getting SLURM to work well with the license manager for ...
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Chemistry.SE is now in public beta!

Just a quick word to let you know that Chemistry.SE has now launched into public beta. We welcome computational chemistry questions there too, so the boundary between the two sites is something we ...
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Are questions related to Hadoop welcome on scicomp?

I've been using Hadoop for some time now, and after carefully looking it seems that the only place to ask questions about implementation details is still the official Hadoop mailing lists. I'm ...
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Can we get a cluster list/community hardware guide going on?

Asking this question about when it makes economic sense to build one's cluster in the cloud has led me to some interesting thoughts. Everyone seems to have a slightly different idea of what a ...
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MathJax buttons/hotkeys script

I've written a script that lets you insert dollar symbols automatically(via a keyboard shortcut or button) in the editor window on Stack Exchange sites that support MathJax. Feel free to check it out. ...
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SciComp Self Evaluation: How ARE You Doing? [closed]

There are lots of metrics we can use to "measure" a site, and we do, but none of them matter as much as having a healthy and happy site full of interesting questions and expert answers. So, let's ...
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Economics.SE closing; candidates for migration

The Economics board is closing Friday, May 4, and they want to move as many questions to new sites as possible. These appear to be relevant for scicomp.SE: Simulation in Economics Best program for ...
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What topics should my questions cover on Computational Science?

From what I've seen on Area 51, this site is supposed to be a more general-purpose Q/A place than most of the others StackExchange sites. I'm a bit confused about what kind of questions I should ask ...
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Are questions about scientific computing employment on topic? [duplicate]

This question just came up about where to find jobs in scientific computing / modeling. While certainly an important question for many of us, it seems a bit off-topic to me. Also, it is phrased as a ...
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Anti-list question vigilante - thoughts?

I just received a single downvote on each of the two list-like questions that I had asked, one downvote right after the other. Considering that both of the questions are at least a month old and quite ...
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Is this BST code-debugging question on topic?

This post seems to ask just for debugging. The user seems to have thought about the problem, and seems understandably stuck. However, I feel that this question is more suitable for the "...
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What should the policy be on the phrase “One (book/solver/package/library/etc.) per answer please”?

Something I've noticed occasionally is that posters will include the phrase "One (book/solver/package/library/etc.) per answer please". Questions asking for a list of resources tend to include this ...
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Should we wikify a question on “interior eigenvalues”

Several questions have arisen concerning the interior of the spectrum of an operator. The answers and solutions to these questions are very similar or related. I feel we should wikify these answers. ...
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Are the questions about the career path as a computational scientist appropriate here?

Mods and friends I am myself a PhD candidate, and I am now preparing and studying for my thesis which is about the 4D space-time finite element method for hyperbolic conservation law. Actually I am a ...
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What kinds of solver package questions are considered relevant?

I've read this question, this question, and this question which all address a similar topic, but I guess I was looking for further clarification. I noticed there aren't any tags like "Overflow". I ...
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Has anyone tried to migrate users from the CFD Online forums?

Has anyone tried to convert CFD Online Forum users to the dark side? I'm not a member there, but I used to visit occasionally when I wanted to learn more while I was in school. Obviously I'm biased, ...
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What should the site name be?

I hope I'm not out of line asking this, but I thought it was especially important for this beta, since there is fairly large potential for confusion with computer science.SE. So, in the vein of such ...
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How can we fix/answer the modern language features question?

This question has already raised a bit of controversy on the site. I'd like to take advantage of this and work together as a community to formulate a series of questions (and responses) that serve as ...
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New Beta Theme Launched

Your site looks a bit different today. Yes, we are getting rid of the 'Sketchy' look and replacing it with a more-polished and finished design for sites in beta. You can read more about the redesign ...