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We've gotten rid of and we're nearly done with . I just noticed two others which are along a similar vein: and . The above four tags seem to generally be concerned with the same bad questions, and they don't seem to be at all useful. This would make them ideal for burnination.


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The sample tag is used in conjunction with the r tag in the context of "take a sample of some set" in the process of data/statistical analysis. Not sure that justifies a whole tag, but it's a use that has nothing to do with the meaning of sample-code. – joran Apr 13 '13 at 1:02
I would suggest that the sample tag is too generic for that purpose - maybe sample-set or something similar should be applied to those questions? – Emrakul Apr 13 '13 at 1:02
Mmmm...not really. The problem is that there is a specific function in R for this purpose called sample. – joran Apr 13 '13 at 1:03
I've seen this before elsewhere, but I forget where: Tags designated for one specific command in a language should not be created (with few exceptions for common ones like select, but as it stands, sample doesn't even have a tag wiki). – Emrakul Apr 13 '13 at 1:05
Well, sampling seems like a better replacement to me, but that's already taken with a pretty specific meaning. – joran Apr 13 '13 at 1:07
Do you think it would be ok to expand the tag wiki for sampling and use that for the ~40 questions in R that currently have sample? – joran Apr 13 '13 at 1:15
@joran No, I think tags should have one meaning only – Emrakul Apr 13 '13 at 1:19
Ok, I guess we're stuck with random-sample then. Now I need to figure out what to do with bootstrap. Man, tags are such a mess. – joran Apr 13 '13 at 1:23
@joran Yes, they certainly are. I've got a list of around 70 now that need cleaning – Emrakul Apr 13 '13 at 1:31

They certainly aren't used for the same reasons at all...

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