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The tag can refer to either or . It is currently proposed as a synonym for the former (data clustering).

The problem is that, as of now, a large number of questions are tagged "cluster" (close to 400), most of them actually refer to computer clusters. To make things worse, these two topics are not always mutually exclusive; think of scaling cluster-analysis algorithms in a cluster of computers environment.

I propose a group effort to fix/cleanup this mess... We have two choices:

  • black-list "cluster" tag and assign all those questions as one of the two choices, or
  • only re-tag the subsets of questions referring to "cluster-analysis", and let all others be merged with "cluster-computing" using synonym tags.


I have gone through the entire list of "cluster" questions, and re-tagged as "cluster-analysis" where appropriate. Now almost all of what remains refers to "cluster-computing".

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another similar one: Disambiguating the “clustering”, and “cluster” tags –  Amro Jul 2 '12 at 13:25
So does that mean I can rename [cluster] to [cluster-computing], and synonymize [cluster] to it? –  Robert Harvey Jul 2 '12 at 16:21
@RobertHarvey: yes, you can make [cluster] a synonym for [cluster-computing] –  Amro Jul 2 '12 at 16:25
[clusters] still needs a bit of work before it is synonymized to [cluster-computing]. Thanks for your help so far. –  Robert Harvey Jul 2 '12 at 16:32
@RobertHarvey: done :) –  Amro Jul 2 '12 at 17:15

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Completed: and --> .

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some other synonyms you might want to create: [clustered] and [clustered-indexing] --> [clustered-index], [nonclustered] and [nonclustered-index] --> [non-clustered-index] –  Amro Jul 3 '12 at 19:14

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